The Period Book: A Girl's Guide to Growing Up Paperback – June 1, 2006
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So anyways I bought the book and had it overnighted to her at my mom's house. My mom said when she handed her the book she rolled her eyes and was like "Oh God". But she sat down to read, and did not put it down again until she had read it cover to cover. She told my mom, that was a REALLY good book, it had a lot of good information in it. It also has a little log in the back for her to track her cycle.
I'm comfortable in my choice to get her the book. Now I know she knows, and what she knows is the truth and not hearsay from other teenage girls or boys. You know they talk about it right? And they act on it younger and younger these days? Don't you want them informed?
The only drawbacks are that, because it is meant for a young audience and meant to reassure and educate without scaring, it does not cover two things I was hoping for.
It only very briefly touched upon non-heterosexual feelings, and while it did so positively, it was little more than a passing comment. Gender and sexuality fall on a spectrum and can be fluid, I felt it needed a more in depth take on that. But still, it’s not necessarily negative on the subject, rather than lacking.
Same issue with health concerns. Endometriosis runs in my family, and reproductive disorders are not uncommon among women in the US. While it touched on it briefly, the book does not adequately tell young girls how to differentiate between regular menstruel symptoms and those that are not, and when to be concerned. While I understand that the intent is not to scare, the first sign that something is wrong is pain. And a young girl complaining of pain that she is unfamiliar with, in regards to menstruation, is often dismissed as her being unused to her body’s changes. I felt that this book does not take severe menstrual pain seriously enough. And it should be taken seriously, as should young girls who say they are in extreme pain.
Aside from those two points, this book was wonderful and informative.
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Good conversation starter