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Flash Count Diary

Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life
Narrated by: Darcey Steinke
Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“Many days I believe menopause is the new (if long overdue) frontier for the most compelling and necessary philosophy; Darcey Steinke is already there, blazing the way. This elegant, wise, fascinating, deeply moving book is an instant classic. I’m about to buy it for everyone I know.” (Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts)

This program is read by the author. 

A brave, brilliant, and unprecedented examination of menopause. 

Menopause hit Darcey Steinke hard. First came hot flashes. Then insomnia. Then depression. As she struggled to understand what was happening to her, she slammed up against a culture of silence and sexism. Some books promoted hormone replacement therapy. Others encouraged accepting the coming crone. Beyond that, there was little that offered a path to understanding menopause in a complex, spiritual, and intellectually engaged way. She felt lost until she encountered a scientific fact that had escaped her through the early stages of dealing with this life change: The only two creatures on earth that go through menopause, she discovered, are human women and female killer whales. 

Her fascination with this fact became the starting point for Flash Count Diary, a powerful exploration into aspects of menopause that have rarely been written about, including the changing gender landscape that reduced levels of hormones brings, the actualities of transforming desires, and the realities of prejudice against older women. Steinke learned that in the 17th-century women who had hot flashes in front of others could be accused of being witches, that the model of Marcel Duchamp's famous Étant donnés was a post-reproductive woman, and that seeing whales in the wild can lead to orcagasms. 

Flash Count Diary takes listeners from Brooklyn to the red light district in Amsterdam, and finally to a watery encounter with a wild killer-whale matriarch in Washington State’s Salish Sea. Flash Count Diary will change the way you think about menopause. It’s a deeply feminist audiobook, honest about the intimations of mortality that menopause signals but also an argument for the ascendency, beauty, and power of the post-reproductive years in women’s lives.

©2019 Darcey Steinke (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Although depressing I loved it

I’m obsessed with the topic of perimenopause & menopause and can’t stand how little honest, empathic and on the other side hopeful & reassuring & even encouraging information is out there. The hard part about this book is the comparison to whales but it’s just honest & informative. Thank you for bringing awareness to the plight of women our age and the whales. ❤️

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Depressing

Menopause is tough enough without this depressingly whiny book. And the nasally, depressing, reader only makes it worse. I couldn't get past chapter 2.

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What Did I Just Listen To?

I thought this was going to be a book about dealing with menopause. Yet chapter after chapter was about... whales?

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unfocused, weird rambling + whale research

Listening to this book, I kept thinking of the author needed to go to therapy. She just presented a bunch of weird facts about menopause and a lot of research about whales. Towards the end of the book the author says that every 10 years she either goes to therapy sessions or writes a book. I wish she had chosen the therapy.

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This book is why actors need to record the books.

Hard to listen, whining voice. So hoped for more. Don't have room for another complaining voice in my head

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