Episode 52: The Cultural Story of the Taboo, Power and Wisdom of Menstruation (Lara Owen)

There are a handful of trailblazers who have paved the way for the positive menstrual culture we’re beginning to see today, and Dr Lara Owen is one of them. She was researching and writing her book about the power of the menstrual cycle, Her Blood is Gold in the 1990’s, and it has been a game changer for thousands of women and menstruators.

She’s now an expert on the culture, politics and organization of menstruation and menopause. She consults with global and local organizations; teaches in academic and general contexts and has created a first year masters level programme called Contemporary Menstrual Studies.

In This Episode:
  • A cultural and historical exploration of the stigmatisation of the menstrual cycle.

  • What Lara learned from indigenous teachers raised in menstrually positive cultures.

  • The wisdom of menstruation, and Lara’s personal experience of two years of deep menstrual retreat (including moments of powerful clairvoyance!)

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