Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life

Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life

Menopause hit Darcey Steinke hard. First came hot flashes. Then insomnia. Then depression. As she struggled to express what was happening to her, she came up against a culture of silence. Throughout history, the natural physical transition of menopause has been viewed as something to deny, fear, and eradicate. Menstruation signals fertility and life, and childbirth is Menopause hit Darcey Steinke hard. First came hot flashes. Then insomnia. Then depression. As she struggled to express what wa...

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Title:Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life
Author:Darcey Steinke
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0374156115
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life Reviews

  • Kate
    Jan 11, 2020
    All his descriptions explain how the vagina might feel to an incoming penis. The vagina as a viable penis holder. Not how a vagina might feel to the woman it belongs to. ?The proper woman,? writes Braun, ?is constructed as childlike and virginal with an unused vagina.? ?...
  • Lynn
    Dec 17, 2019
    There is a lot going on in this book. I have to say, I liked it best when it was a combination of memoir, research, and activism. I was less interested, strangely, in her account of menopause, though it is what propels her into the other meditations. I didn't relate to her experience ...
  • Kama
    Sep 09, 2019
    Life changing. I was alternately nodding vigorously and being on the verge of tears with every paragraph. ...
  • Wendi
    May 12, 2019
    I've found it difficult to find books or online articles about menopause that aren't heavily weighted for either favour or disdain of hormone replacement. I have my personal tendency about how I would prefer to travel this path, but I've been wanting to read personal experiences about ...
  • Mehrsa
    Jun 23, 2019
    Really interesting perspective on menopause and our cultural relationship with aging women. The premise was to link human menopause to animals and the natural world, but I didn't find that part satisfying. I did enjoy her musings and research on femininity and old age. ...
  • Lulu
    Jul 27, 2019
    This book afforded me the opportunity to explain menopause to a 10YO boy I was babysitting for. As we joked about reverse puberty, he wondered whether you stop stinking as well as menstruating. I?ll let you know in 5 or 10 years. ...
  • Stefanie
    Sep 12, 2019
    I think while menopause is a common experience generally for women, each of us our own particular experience. For Steinke she became obsessed with aging and mortality. She kept a diary of her hot flashes, when and where they happened, how she felt, how long they lasted. The book is a m...
  • Catherine
    Jun 21, 2019
    There's a lot to like about Darcey Steinke's book Flash Count Diary, most especially it's piercing critique of the medicalization of menopause, the transformation of a normal life event into a disease to be cured. Her skewering of men - particular those who are doctors - who believe me...
  • Joanne Kamens
    Aug 25, 2019
    I am recommending this to everyone I know. We all need to know more about menopause. Men too. ...
  • Debbie
    Jul 08, 2019
    Thank goodness this was a borrow from the library. To me it felt like this started out as a magazine article that was rather unsuccessfully stretched into a short book. I'm currently going through menopause without hormone therapy and I simply could not relate to or appreciate her angr...
  • Elizabeth
    Jun 23, 2019
    It's about damn time. ...
  • Bridgett
    Jun 24, 2019
    This book is a refreshing and different look at menopause in that it never once suggests that menopause is a disease that needs to be treated with HT. ...
  • Denise Link
    Jun 27, 2019
    Rating this is hard, because this book wasn't exactly what I wanted it to be, but it is important and essential for starting the discussion. Menopause is hard, not because we all have the kind of overwhelming hot flashes the author does (I didn't), but because all of us must go throu...
  • Miri
    Oct 24, 2019
    A beautifully written book on an underexplored subject. I didn?t really connect with all the stuff about whales and spirituality, though, and would?ve rather read more narratives about what it?s like to live with menopause. The author also does a very understandable thing and...
  • Nancy
    Jul 02, 2019
    If you are in menopause or peri-menopause or really if you?re a woman at any stage of life, read this book. This is a collection of thoughtful and thought provoking chapters that have me thinking about my body, my femininity, and my humanity in new ways. ...
  • RH Walters
    Jul 17, 2019
    I don't read books about childrearing and menopause because they are inherently interesting, but because I am desperate for help, and this book did not help. If anything, it just shows that you have to write your own way out. I am well acquainted with the hate and disregard our society...
  • Kelly
    Nov 23, 2019
    If you are a person with a human body, you should read this. ...
  • Jen
    Aug 07, 2019
    Stunning. Stienke is marvelous and brave and honest and wrote the exact book I needed right now - not because it is comforting, in fact partly because it is the opposite - rage-making (yet still hopeful). Her meditations on similarities of humans and whales, esp older, postmenopaus...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Dec 24, 2019
    Originally posted on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. In Flash Count Diary, Darcey Steinke presents her perspective on various aspects of menopause. It?s one woman?s experience, and thus, a memoir. And yet, it?s so much more. There?s science, social commentary, and some tho...
  • Nancy
    May 14, 2019
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Really good book. Sad that there is so little research on menopause. This illustrates how half the human race has to just improvise dealing with it. The idea that it is a "problem" that needs solving is so frustrating. ...
  • Kristin Boldon
    Nov 24, 2019
    This book about menopause, like its subject, is complicated and hard to handle. I found there was a lot of good (the wide-ranging examination into the science of menopause, the analogies in the animal world, and its sociological reception), some bad (the author's comparison of herself ...
  • Debbie Bateman
    Jun 27, 2019
    With startling honesty and soul feeding wisdom, Darcey Steinke helps those of us who experience the great change reframe how we think about it. Her words came over me like a fire and burned away all the nonsense. Now I can regrow with fresh green. I loved this book. Every woman should ...
  • Jim Higgins
    Jun 17, 2019
    4.5 stars. In a book that's both intensely personal and widerangingly literary, scientific and political, Stienke wrestles with the changes menopause has wrought in her as well as cultural denigration of postmenopausal women. She spends considerable narrative energy on killer whales, o...
  • Stacey Lunsford
    Jul 30, 2019
    The author started this book because she couldn't find very much written about the process of menopause except where it is treated as a "disease" that needs to be treated. She did research and each short chapter covers a different aspect of what she discovered. Not surprisingly, little...
  • Christine
    Jun 22, 2019
    I burned (ha!) through this book in one sitting. It was a great read. Empowering, revelatory, heartbreaking, empathetic, poetic, wise, profane and deeply spiritual. For me it was a much needed branch to grab onto amid the eddying rapids (both emotional and physical) of my 49th year. Ya...
  • Jenna Evans
    Jun 29, 2019
    Three paragraphs in, I was crying with the profound relief that comes with having one's experience finally, finally recognized -- not just in a commiserative way about the physical aspect (though, that too) but in the larger philosophical and spiritual questions that come up about mort...
  • Jenni Link
    Jul 12, 2019
    I really wanted to like this book, having picked it up after reading a few thought-provoking excerpts and interviews. It has its insightful moments, but overall it?s just not very good. The author?s entitlement is a constant distraction, as are the cultural criticism contortions sh...
  • Ellyn Lem
    Jul 21, 2019
    This is a really fascinating book about menopause, but it is not a self-help book or scientific approach; instead, Steinke focuses a lot on the natural world (whales in particular) to figure out what getting older means in our society--particularly, what are biological changes but what...
  • Naomi Davidson
    Jul 26, 2019
    This is a deeply feminist book. About menopause. Which, for the most part has only been explored and explained by men or western medicine which is largely male dominated. Most often it?s symptoms have not been studied...not clinically proven...or are yet to be proven clinically. Some...
  • Bookread2day
    Jun 19, 2019
    Flash Count Diary is a new story about the menopause. Every woman should read this Flash Count Diary. Most books are about how to get rid of hot flushes, but there's nothing on the scientific and self help of menopause. This book goes into what happened to Darcey Steinke during the nig...