In this episode Dr Lara Owen, author of Her Blood is Gold talks about menstruation, spirituality and how women can heal from the dominant medicalized approach to women’s bodies.
Lara is a writer and researcher whose interests circulate around the everyday and our potential for living more intelligently, compassionately and sustainably. She has written on spirituality and on women’s wellbeing, and is best known for her ground breaking book on menstruation, Her Blood Is Gold, which was first published in 1993 and has been updated twice, most recently in 2008. The book investigates the impact that cultural constructions of the menstrual cycle have on women, society and the environment, how women are traumatised and minimised through menstrual stigma, and what happens when normative behaviours change. Lara holds a PhD from Monash Business School on innovations in the organisation of menstruation.
In Her Blood is Gold, Lara also talks about:
- The Sabbath of Women
- Ceremony and menstruation
- Celebrating menstruation
- How period advertising gaslights women
- The painful relationship with being female
- Mothers, daughters and menstruation
- Ritual, spiritual power and wisdom
Connect with Lara:
Dr Lara Owen’s website
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Dr Lara Owen on LinkedIn
Dr Lara Owen on Twitter
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