I write, research and teach, and for a long time my main topic has been menstruation. It’s affirming and inspiring to see the subject now attracting mainstream attention.
My book on acknowledging and destigmatising menstruation, Her Blood Is Gold, has been republished twice and in several countries. I was awarded a PhD in 2020 from Monash University Business School in Melbourne, where I researched innovations in menstrual organization, specifically the menstrual workplace policy and the menstrual cup.
My current research is focused on the intersections between menstrual practices and sustainability. I work at the University of St Andrews and I also do some teaching and consulting internationally.
Her Blood Is Gold: Awakening to the Wisdom of Menstruation by Lara Owen
“I felt like I was walking around on air for days after reading Her Blood Is Gold. It was like a veil had been lifted. Your sharp analysis of the cultural construction of our attitudes towards menstruation really opened my eyes to alternative possibilities and more attuned ways of relating to my body.” Laura Robson, The Body Literacy Collective, London.
“Like the wise-women whose memory she celebrates, Lara Owen is both scientist and poet. In this wonderful book, she shows how “the curse”, when respected, becomes every woman’s crock of gold.” Chris Knight Ph.D., author of Blood Relations: Menstruation and the Origins of Culture, Professor of Anthropology, University of East London.
“I want to tell you how much your book on menstruation has meant to me…..If I’d had it when I was thirty it would have saved me a lot of pain and confusion.” Scilla Elworthy, author of Power and Sex, founder of the Oxford Research Group.
To buy: You can order the book from your local indie bookstore anywhere in the world. If that’s impractical or impossible, here are links to buying the book on amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, bookdepository.com and fishpond.com.au. Also available on mobile/iPad and Kindle.
Recent & Upcoming
September 2021: It’s international media time! A four-page profile on my long-term work on menstruation was recently published in the German magazine, Stern. Also a 10 page article on new developments in menstrual cycle awareness featuring an interview with me was published in D2, the colour magazine of the Norwegian broadsheet, DN. There will be a Q and A with me on menstruation in the workplace in Zero Hora (Brazil) soon. All these are very mainstream, national media outlets in countries that have not had much public focus on menstruation to date.
August 2021: I just completed my Scottish Funding Council fellowship on menstrual stigma and sustainability (articles to be published in 2022). I’m still working at St Andrews, now part-time, coordinating our Royal Society of Edinburgh funded project on the politics and history of menstruation. So I have more time for teaching and for supervision, mentoring and consulting (see tabs above). I’ll post details on my teaching soon.
May 2021: With colleagues at Resource Futures consultancy, I wrote this article published in Circular, the recycling/waste management professionals magazine, on confronting the role of menstrual stigma in product choice and period management.
2021: Please see the events page for details of my online conference talks this year.
December 2020: New podcast! Menstrual stigma, menstrual awareness, the body and psychological development. Great interviewing by psychotherapist Jodie Gale at The Soul Centre in Sydney.
Latest book news
If you are a translator or publisher interested in foreign language editions of Her Blood Is Gold, please contact me directly as I own the non-English rights.
May 2020: An excerpt from Her Blood Is Gold is now available in Turkish at Aysa Erdogyu’s blog and the group have also published a hard copy. We hope this will lead to a full Turkish edition.
July 2019: Seu Sangue é Ouro, the Portugese translation of Her Blood Is Gold, is now back in print and on sale from July 2019, in a beautiful new edition of the updated 2008 English language version. Many thanks to Brazilian translator and publisher Josiane Tibursky at Lotus 22 who has done the most fantastic job. The book has quite a special following in Brazil due to the popularity of the 1994 translation, now long out of print, and the new edition is already selling amazingly well.
Lara Owen writes and researches on menstruation, work, and feminism. She teaches and consults internationally.