There Will be Blood—So Get Over It

Swedish journalist Anna Dahlqvist’s latest book was driven by anger: Women are seen "seen as miracle makers" for having children, she says, yet periods are "something we’re told we should be ashamed of or hide."

It’s Only Blood tracks the menstrual taboo from wealthy countries, where activists are fighting to nix the "period tax;" to India and Nepal, where some menstruating girls are confined to huts; to Uganda, where a pack of pads can costs a day’s wages.

The solution isn’t straightforward—women's circumstances vary. But across the globe, the issue comes down to "the right to make your own choices," Dahlqvist says.

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