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What We’re Told Not to Talk About (But We’re Going to Anyway): Women’s Voices from East London to Ethiopia

£9.99

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especially for cis women dealing with abuse, shame, FGM, or untreated medical conditions, and for those who love them.

A quick summary…

An absolutely frank discussion about living in a female body in a cross-section of societies. Nimko Ali interviewed 42 women and collected their experiences under the themes of periods, pregnancy, sex and the menopause. The book takes a brave, heartfelt look at taboos and secrets hidden in plain sight, and in particular amplifies the voices of women of colour and Muslim women who have too often gone unheard in feminist conversations in Britain. As you might expect, it mingles the  funny with the confronting and the enraging.

Content note: contains discussion of FGM and sexual abuse.

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Publisher’s description…

14 COUNTRIES, 42 WOMEN – FROM PERIODS TO ORGASMS TO FGM. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS OVERSHARING.

What do you do when you’re homeless and on your period? What does it feel like to have a poo following childbirth? How do we learn to love our bodies again after they’ve been abused?

It’s rude. It’s improper. It’s disgusting. All justifications that leave women’s questions about their bodies unanswered. And activist Nimko Ali has had enough of it. Following her own experience of FGM and rebuilding her relationship with her body, this important book contains the true stories of women sharing what they’ve always been told is secret and shameful – from east London to Ethiopia, from pregnancy to menopause.

This is a call to arms. This is a cry to reclaim the narrative around our fannies and to refuse the taboos that silent us.

‘A beautiful book with such a wide range of uplifting but often heart-breaking stories. Made us cry and think in equal measure’ – Pandora Sykes, co-host of The High Low

There is no subject too taboo for her to tackle. We should all be talking about our vaginas and she is leading the way’ – Bryony Gordon, author of Mad Girl

‘Nimko Ali is heroine for our time, she destroys the notion of things being too rude to discuss’ – Caitlin Moran, author of How to Be a Woman

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 194 g
Dimensions 197 × 130 × 21 mm
Book Author

ISBN 9780241987605

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