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The Movement For Enlightened Thinking On Menstruation

Film and Book about menstrual injustice.
Film and Book about menstrual injustice.

The world might be a very different place if men bled from their penises every month.

But they don't. And even though during their child-bearing age, women have always bled from their genitals every month many people are still very weird about menstruation.

In some parts of the world females are expected to stay out of school during their periods and discussion of the entire subject remains taboo in far too many places.

Journalist Anita Diamant's book Period. End of Sentence documents that change is afoot with interviews from people on the frontlines—parents, teachers, medical professionals, and social-justice warriors illuminating the many ways that menstrual injustice can limit opportunities, erode self-esteem, and even threaten lives.

Diamant's book is a continuation of the Oscar-winning documentary of the same name, and filmmaker Melissa Berton joins our chat with Anita Diamant.

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