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Period. End of Sentence.

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This book was great! I loved it so much! This book talks about menstruating people and their hardships in finding justice around their cycles. There is so much shame surrounding periods that harms menstruating people. I loved that this book talked about various organizations that help get period products to people around the world who need them. I'm definitely going to be looking into them to see what I can do to help out.
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An important look at women’s rights from the author of my all time favorite book. This is one where you laugh, cry, are ritious and disturbed all at the same time. Thank you Anita Diamont for your important work and thank you NetGalley for the ARC
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Historically and still today women's very natural menstrual cycle has been considered a taboo, and even inappropriate, topic. As a high school teacher, I have been told the story of a coach on our campus who refused one of my female students the right to use the restroom, When she finally told him that she had started her period and had to access the restroom immediately, the coach had a female teacher tell her that what she told him was inappropriate. This instance infuriated me, so when I found out about this book, I was eager to access the information this book would provide, and it did not disappoint. This book should be read by men and women alike.
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Almost fourteen years ago, @anita.diamant.33 graced us with #TheRedTent, a biblical retelling of the story of Dinah in which the women regularly gather in a menstrual tent. In her new book #PeriodEndofSentence, written in partnership with @ThePadProject, she circled back to the topic of periods to make her message explicit (in case you didn’t catch the drift the first time around): destigmatize menstruation!
The book is named after the Academy Award-winning @Netflix documentary short of the same title (also viewable on @YouTube). The film and The Pad Project were born of a class trip to the U.N.’s Annual Commission on the Status of Women, after Melissa Berton and her students left the Commission inspired and ready to take action.
This book is a slap in the face (maybe not unlike the menstrual slap?) that we have not been doing enough to #EndPeriodPoverty and #EndPeriodStigma. For such a quick read (it took me about four hours, and that included stopping constantly to write things down), Period. End of Sentence. is packed with statistics, anecdotes, and other information about how different cultures view menstruation and how that affects the health and wellbeing of menstruators, accessibility (or lack thereof) to menstrual products both in the U.S. and abroad, suggestions for how to educate ourselves and our communities about menstruation, and so much more. I couldn’t sleep after finishing the book because I had too many thoughts and feelings (inspired, motivated, frustrated) going through my head. EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS!!
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REVIEW: Period. End of Sentence: A New Chapter in The Fight for Menstrual Justice by Anita Diamant 

Thank you so much to @scribner , Anita Diamant, and @netgalley for providing me with a free eARC of PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE: A NEW CHAPTER IN THE FIGHT FOR MENSTRUAL JUSTICE in exchange for an honest review. 

PERIOD: END OF SENTENCE covers research and social commentary on the shame, celebration, and history of periods spanning through many cultures around the world. 

I truly truly loved this book and highly recommend picking it up. Diamant’s writing is unapologetic, informative, and so great to read (the writing was so narrative that it felt more like listening to a podcast than reading a book, which I love in a nonfiction). Some of the content of this book was already familiar to me, but there was still a lot that I didn’t know and was surprised to hear about. 

This is a book that I wish was given to me when I was a teenager, I feel like if I had read it then I wouldn’t have experienced nearly as much “period shame” that Diamant discusses in the book. While I recommend this book for all ages and genders, I think it would be particularly impactful for younger menstruating people. 

TW: Suicide, domestic abuse, sexual assault
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As a High School Biology Teacher, this was such a fantastic resource! Every year I get shocked looks from my fellow teachers and students when I talk in-depth about periods. This book has given me so many more important talking points and resources and has reaffirmed my decision to talk to my classes in-depth about periods! Highly recommended.
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Period. End of Sentence is an eye opening book that has an incredible amount of educational information jam packed into it. It covers a wide variety of topics such as the differences between countries and religions in how they view menstruation, period poverty, what different organizations are doing to help get period products to those in need, and fighting the stigma associated with dealing with a period. 

The first thing I want to applaud the author on is the conscious effort they put in to be inclusive in her language. Rather than sticking to using women and girls, she often uses the terms "people who menstruate" or "menstruator". This seemingly small gesture is a show of empathy and respect to those who are transgender or for those who identify as nonbinary. 

I first got my period about two decades ago, so I thought I was well educated on the concept. I figured this would be a quick read that summarized what I already knew... But after reading the book, I realized there was a LOT of information that I didn't know... but should have. The book does a fantastic job at bringing to light the concept of period poverty that I, as a privileged white middle class cisgender female, didn't think about prior to reading.

The author includes a high number of resources for those who want to assist with organizations that are working to provide free period products, as well as abolish the period tax. 

This book is very highly recommended for those who care about women's rights and equality.
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