older writing

The Sabbath of Women (1991)

This article was first published in Whole Earth Review in the summer of 1991 and was a game changer as the first piece on menstruation featured in a magazine aimed at both women and men, and which made the link between menstrual stigma and non-sustainable practices. It has subsequently been widely reprinted internationally and translated into many languages. The ideas and much of the text of this article formed the basis of Her Blood Is Gold.

‘Her Blood is Gold’ 20 Years On (2012)

The story of how I came to write Her Blood Is Gold, and what has happened to the book since its first publication in 1993.

Why we need school and workplace menstruation and menopause policies (2016)

Menstrual taboos in patriarchal societies have been a core method for diminishing women through the shaming of a fundamental female-only experience, with corresponding prohibitive and limiting behaviours. This taboo is gradually changing as our world becomes more equal in gender terms, but there is still much work to be done.