*I received a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Vagina teaches us everything we weren’t told in school, and corrects a lot of what we were told. It challenges myths and taboos, and confronts social issues related to women’s health such as period poverty, transgender rights, medical care, and FGM. Vagina seeks to re-educate everyone about an organ that over half the world’s population have but which many don’t understand at all. This lack of education creates serious issues across the world. Enright sets out to change that, by giving readers with vaginas the information they need to understand their own bodies.
I want to give a copy of this book to every person in my life with a vagina. I haven’t stopped raving about this book since I finished it. It’s so informative, interesting, readable, and IMPORTANT. It reaffirmed a lot of my existing knowledge but also re-educated me about a lot of things I thought I knew. I learned so much and so much made me angry. It talks about biology and science in an accessible way, backs up facts with statistics and references, but also includes personal stories and anecdotes that make it engaging and relatable. The author acknowledges their white cisgender and heterosexual perspective as not being universal and makes a conscious effort to include statistics and stories from trans and non-binary people, as well as non-Western countries and ethnic minorities within Western countries. Seriously, every person with a vagina should read this, every person teaching sex ed should read this, every person making political decisions about women’s healthcare should read this.
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Vagina: A Re-Education will be published on March 7th 2019.