- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Beacon Press; New edition edition (1 November 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807075051
- ISBN-13: 978-0807075050
- Package Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,10,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Blood, Bread and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World Paperback – Import, Nov 1994
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The idiocy doesn't stop there! The author actually goes on to suggest a link between menstrual huts and the development of hats among our foremothers because of the similarity in the words! Did she really think that our ancient foremothers spoke English?
I would not suggest wasting money on this book. For a truthful book that affirms women and our monthly cycle without resorting to making up false information just to make us feel good, get Lara Owen's book _Honoring Menstruation_ instead.
None of us knows what happened in the dawning of human consciousness. Grahan weaves a credible account based on commonalities between ancient cultures, myths, and language. Still, her narrative departs so acutely from what we generally do, or or have not bothered to, imagine about our origins that it seems very easy to dismiss. Yet in a country where 45% of the people believe God created the world in seven days, made the first man out of dust, and the first woman out of one of his ribs, why is Grahn's version - based on the physically possible - so difficult to consider?
Much of what Grahn writes is speculation, a delving into the possible. The stories of women have been, throughout history, suppressed, stolen, and destroyed. We cannot totally recreate this lost history, but we can try on other ideas and take from them the value that they hold. For women to consider that their lives and their bodies were integral to the creation of human culture is no more absurd than the completely unsubstantiated idea (which 45% of Americans believe) that ONLY the lives and bodies of men were necessary to human culture - that a male god spoke the whole kit and caboodle into being in seven days, and women were just an afterthought.
So Judy, you go, girl. And please do write a book on menopause.