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Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement Paperback – October 16, 2018

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Gr 7 Up-The founder of health and education organization PERIOD, weaves together the story of how brands, governments, and media companies shape the cultural conversation surrounding menstruation. From the outset, Okamoto's progressive perspective is clear: the stigma around periods contributes to discrimination. Beginning with a practical guide to safe and popular period products, the author follows with chapters on how periods are discussed on TV, how periods affect those who are homeless, and how periods relate to the concerns of intersectional feminism. While providing historical context and statistics to back up her claims (all of which are thoroughly cited at the end of the book), Okamoto also provides practical information on how readers can participate in ongoing efforts to destigmatize menstruation. She also provides information on organizations working to change legislation or provide no- or low-cost period products to people who are at-risk. Okamoto makes a point to use gender-neutral language throughout the book, explaining that periods do not only affect cisgender women.  In every chapter, Okamoto informs without casting shame and presents a distinctly political point of view in a way that's conversational and affirming to myriad experiences. VERDICT Part health guide, part manifesto, this book has the potential to become the next go-to book for teens looking for more information about their bodies.-Madison Bishop, Plymouth Public Library, Kingston, MAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"A must-read for anyone who wants to make change at the state and national levels.”, Mashable

"If you’re looking for a way to turn your anger about gender inequality into action, this book is a must read. You’ll learn a great deal about menstrual inequities and the intersectional impacts created because of our failure to address them. This is a how-to handbook on what you can do to change that.", Former state Senator Wendy Davis

"Period Power, much like it’s author Nadya Okamoto, is insightful and impossible to ignore. I’ve found empowerment in her prose, and inspiration in her lack of shame. This book teaches adults and youths alike to be unapologetically proud to bleed. If someone you love has a vagina then Period Power is required reading.", Whitney Bell, activist and founder of Kidd Bell

*“[T]ruly intersectional and…a useful guide for activists inspired by this work…A smart, honest, and comprehensive education on movement building and menstrual rights.”, Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Okamoto intends to end menstrual stigma and taboo--full stop. This book is a game-changer for anyone who has ever had a period—or knows anyone who has had or will have one." -- Alma Gottlieb, co-author of Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation

"A true manifesto, Period Power is the book my fourteen-year-old self wished for and the one my adult self desperately needed." -- Ally Maki, actress and star of TBS's Wrecked

"Nadya Okamoto has written a quintessential manifesto for the leader in all of us. Her infectious passion, wit, and piercing intelligence will inspire you to rise into your bravest self. Moreover, this book and her voice have the power to help us learn self-love and respect, in a deep, authentic, lasting way. Not only will this book change your life, it will change the world. Nadya Okamoto is a revolution." -- Reema Zaman, author of I Am Yours

"Period Power is the latest in the growing list of gifts that author and activist Nadya Okamoto has bestowed on this world. In her book one can glean her dedication to ending period stigma and her effervescent and infectious enthusiasm for human rights. Period Power is a necessary and empowering take on menstruation that everyone should add to their personal library." -- Blair Imani, activist and founder of Equality for HER

"Period Power is a must-read for women and men to educate themselves both on the history and stigma of menstruation, period policy, and its representation in the media -- but also concrete action items for making a difference. Nadya's ability to combine knowledge with action is what makes Period Power so powerful." -- Caity Begg, founder of Authentic.Social

"Nadya Okamoto’s Period Power takes a brave, necessary look at menstruation. Filled with both personal narratives and historical context, this book should be required reading for not just young students around puberty age, but adults as well. We must, as a society, reframe and relearn how we discuss and understand bleeding, and Okamoto’s book is a necessary first step." -- Annie E. Clark, Former Executive Director of End Rape on Campus and co-author of We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out

Product details

  • Lexile Measure : 1310L
  • Grade Level : 7 - 9
  • Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
  • Paperback : 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1534430202
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1534430204
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 16, 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • Reading level : 12 and up
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 60 ratings