Don’t miss the best new read of the month, and share the funny, mysterious and historical perspective on the monthly cycle. These women demystify how the body functions “down there.”
In this hip, hilarious and truly eye-opening cultural history, menstruation is talked about as never before. “Flow” spans its fascinating, occasionally wacky and sometimes downright scary story: from mikvahs (ritual cleansing baths) to menopause, hysteria to hysterectomies—not to mention the Pill, cramps, the history of underwear, and the movie about puberty they showed you in 5th grade.
“Flow” answers such questions as, “What’s the point of getting a period? What did women do before pads and tampons? What about new drugs that promise to end periods—a hot idea or not? Sex during your period: gross or a turn-on? And what’s normal, anyway?” With color reproductions of (campy) historical ads and early (excruciating) femcare devices, it also provides a fascinating (and mind-boggling) gallery of this complex, personal and uniquely female process.