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Menopause hit Darcey Steinke hard. First came hot flushes. 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 promoted hormone replacement therapy, others encouraged acceptance, but there was little that offered a path to understanding menopause in an engaged way.     

Flash Count Diary is 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. 

It is a deeply feminist book, honest about the intimations of mortality that menopause signals but also an argument for the ascendancy, beauty, and power of the post-reproductive years in women's lives.

©2019 Darcey Steinke (P)2019 Canongate Books Ltd

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  • Mrs Jenny L Hassall
  • 10-27-19

Good ending

The book raised some interesting insights into the menopause but I found that too much time was spent in feminist ranting about societal expectations and stereotypes of older women. The comparison with the matriarchal whale and especially how this was wrapped up in the ending were fascinating. Otherwise somewhat unbalanced view that didn’t recognise the varied experiences women have and benefits some might gain from carefully considered HRT treatment. Don’t read this book thinking it will better help you understand the menopause but consider it if you enjoy want a more sociopolitical perspective.

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  • 07-14-19

Excellent airing of the subject

Intelligent and very personal airing of a journey covering some of he bio psychosocial and existential aspects of the menopausal experiences. Thoroughly enjoyed