Submitter: To my great horror, we just found this gem on our shelves and we are a mid-sized public library in the midwest. How it eluded weeding prior to this, I’ll never know. It was probably a frank discussion on a topic that had little data for its time, but now that it’s 43 years old, it’s wayyyy past time to go. Yes, our periods have not changed much, but the Pill was still a new thing when this book was written and the cavalier attitudes about injecting women with hormones for the most trivial of reasons is rather frightening. I especially loved how I could change my cycle so it wouldn’t interfere with my vacation! Or how one shot of progesterone would turn me into the woman that my husband married (What? I’ll lose 40 pounds and my grey hair will disappear?).
This author is apparently British, and there are many references to studies of girls in boarding schools, and how their period affects their school performance. I’m picturing a horrible Miss Minchin forcing scores of English schoolgirls to document their monthly cycles while eating lumpy porridge.
Holly: <Eye roll> This is awful. Teens are most likely to check out something like this, and the cover is just too dumb to ever get their attention. As a 38-year-old woman, I wouldn’t be caught dead with this book either. I mean, a big red circle over the abdomen of a female figure drawn poorly? I especially love the section on “Women at Work.”</Eye roll>