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DR LARA OWEN

Author | Teacher | Researcher | Consultant | Mentor

Dr Lara Owen is an internationally recognised expert on menstruation. 

Lara’s first book, Her Blood Is Gold, investigated the influence of culture on menstrual experience, and explored ways to honour the menstrual cycle.

Her forthcoming book, to be published by Oxford University Press, analyses the impact of new methods of organizing menstruation on individuals and society. 

new online course

Contemporary Menstrual Studies

This new masters-level course is designed to develop your understanding of menstruation today in the contexts of business, feminism, health, law, politics, popular culture, spirituality, sustainability, technology, sport, and wellbeing.

•  Join a dedicated group of fellow students and practitioners
•  Receive a wealth of information to ground and inform your future work
•  Learn from Dr Lara Owen, a pioneer and long-time expert in the field

Her Blood Is Gold:

Awakening to the Wisdom of Menstruation

Lara’s ground-breaking book on destigmatising and acknowledging menstruation was published by HarperCollins in 1993 and has since been updated twice. It is now in its third edition (2008, Archive Publishing), sells in higher numbers each year, and has recently been published in translation in Brazil (2019) and France (2021). 

Her Blood Is Gold:

Awakening to the Wisdom of Menstruation

This ground-breaking book on destigmatising and acknowledging menstruation was published by HarperCollins in 1993 and has since been updated twice. It is now in its third edition (2008, Archive Publishing), sells in higher numbers each year, and has recently been published in translation in Brazil (2019) and France (2021). 

LATEST

NEWS from Lara

December 2021: I’m working on my next book which is on new ways of organizing menstruation, finalising two articles, and developing a new course in Contemporary Menstrual Studies, which I’ll be teaching online from March 2022.  

October 2021: This month I was interviewed by Fortune magazine in the US on menstrual policies for workplaces, and by Healthy Woman, also in the US, on menopause at work.

September 2021: A four-page profile on my long-term work on menstruation was recently published in the German magazine, Stern, and a longer piece was featured over 6 pages in Geo Wissen. A 10 page article on menstrual cycle awareness including an interview with me was published in D2 in Norway. 

August 2021: I just completed my Scottish Funding Council Research Fellowship at St Andrews on menstrual stigma and sustainability (articles to be published in 2022). Next up, writing a new book and designing a major new course, more details on these soon!

May 2021: With colleagues at Resource Futures, I wrote this article 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. 

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