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What do you do when you're living on the streets and on your period? What does it feel like to have a poo after you've given birth? How do we learn to love our bodies again after they've been abused? And, how do you know if you've ever really orgasmed? We all have questions about our bodies but often women's voices are silenced for being impolite or improper. What We're Told Not To Talk About (But We're Going To Anyway) is an important, taboo-breaking book that gives voice to the experiences of women from all walks of life, whose stories might not ordinarily be heard. Alongside Nimko's story of living with FGM, rebuilding her relationship with her own body and being a woman her own way, these are the true stories of real women who are sharing the experiences they've always been told should be secret and shameful. The book is a call to arms for all women to reclaim the narrative around their bodies and to refuse to bow to the taboos which keep us silent. There is no such thing as oversharing.

 

Details

ISBN: 9780241987605
Audience: Tertiary Education (US: College)
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 6 Aug 2020
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 19.8(H) x 12.9(L) x 1.7(W)
Weight (gm): 191

 

Reviews

Hilarious and heart-breaking at the same time, Nimko has blown apart all taboos ... Essential reading for everyone -- Scarlett Curtis, author of Feminists Don't Wear Pink
A beautiful book with such a wide range of uplifting but often heart-breaking stories. Made us cry and think in equal measure.
Nimko Ali: a heroine for our time destroys the notion of things being too rude to discuss -- Caitlin Moran, author of How to Be a Woman
Rude is going to shift the conversation around women's bodies. -- Amika George, founder of Free Periods Campaign
Nimko says it how it is. There is no subject too rude for her to tackle. We should all be talking about our vaginas and she is leading the way. -- Bryony Gordon, author of Mad Girl
Nimko Ali is my hero! She's an anti-FGM activist and is responsible for changing laws across the globe! She is also hilarious and wonderful. -- Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

 

Author Biography

NIMKO ALI OBE is a feminist, anti-FGM campaigner and professional over-sharer. She is co-founder of The Five Foundation, the global coalition to end FGM. She has been instrumental in changing legislation around the practice of FGM in the UK and abroad, including getting it included in the Children's Act in 2019. She has spoken at events including the Women of the World festival and The Girl Summit. At the 2019 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy Nimko was awarded the UN Women's Rights Award. What We're Told Not to Talk About is her first book.
What We're Told Not to Talk About (But We're Going to Anyway): Women's Voices from East London to Ethiopia
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