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Flash Count Diary 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 Revered As The Ultimate Expression Of Womanhood Menopause Is Seen As A Harbinger Of Death Some Books Steinke Found Promoted Hormone Replacement Therapy Others Encouraged Acceptance But Steinke Longed To Understand Menopause In A Complex, Spiritual, And Intellectually Engaged Way.In Flash Count Diary, Steinke Writes Frankly About Aspects Of Menopause That Have Rarely Been Written About Before She Explores The Changing Gender Landscape That Comes With Reduced Hormone Levels, And Lays Bare The Transformation Of Female Desire And The Realities Of Prejudice Against Older Women Weaving Together Her Personal Story With Philosophy, Science, Art, And Literature, Steinke Reveals That In The Seventeenth Century, Women Who Had Hot Flashes In Front Of Others Could Be Accused Of Being Witches That The Model For Duchamp S FamousTant Donn S Was A Post Reproductive Woman And That Killer Whales One Of The Only Other Species On Earth To Undergo Menopause Live Long Post Reproductive Lives Flash Count Diary, With Its Deep Research, Open Play Of Ideas, And Reverence For The Female Body, Will Change The Way You Think About Menopause It S A Deeply Feminist Book Honest About The Intimations Of Mortality That Menopause Brings While Also Arguing For The Ascendancy, Beauty, And Power Of The Post Reproductive Years.

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Flash Count Diary
  • Darcey Steinke
  • English
  • 24 April 2017
  • 9780374156114

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About the Author: Darcey Steinke

Darcey Steinke is the daughter of a Lutheran minister She grew up in upstate New York Connecticut Philadelphia and Roanoke, Virginia She is a graduate of Cave Spring High School, Goucher College, and the University of Virginia, where she received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing She also completed a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University Steinke teaches creative writing at Princ

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  1. says:

    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 menopause, not enter into the heavily preached on both sides fray When Farrar, Straus, and Giroux offered the ARC for review, I was impressed by the synopsis because it seemed to be very much what I ve been looking for And on the whole, it is The caveat here is that because it truly is nearly impossible to discuss this event in women s lives without including some of what is the most currently discussed medical practices surrounding it, Steinke doesn t fail to include her opinion Not that she shouldn t have not that I expected her not to do this Just a heads up to other women who may be looking for the same sort of reading I have been seeking She includes the fascinating history of how hormone replacement became a standard practice in the United States and statistics studies of associated risks However, this isn t solely about all of that Instead, this memoir is a wildly hybrid accounting of history, science, spirituality, nature, medicine, folklore, advertising, and, above all, deeply personal memoir There s a lot of conflict here an example is that Steinke relates how her own sexual drive and that of her friends and other women, changed while going through menopause and how the greater male dominated society wants them to remain willing and pliable and sexual when they have physical and physiological changes that may make them reluctant Then she turns around and explains how orcas, the only known mammal on earth that also goes through menopause, remain sexually adventurous within their pods and that in their culture they don t have that human taboo don t sleep with old women This feels like a contradictory lament That s just brilliant to me as a reader, though if you know someone going through menopause, or have gone through or are going through it yourself, you know damn well that almost everything about the process can be a contradiction sex drive, physical changes, emotional changes, life circumstances, social interactions, and psychological interactions moments of simultaneous despair and joy There is a general bent here towards the nature natural spiritual side of this process and you ll definitely feel akin to her experience if you re already geared that way You don t need to be, though, as it s quite relatable with some amazing writing regardless The only generally targeted audience I wouldn t recommend it to would be those absolutely, 100% committed to hormone replacement and won t brook an argument otherwise Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher making this one available for me to review It comes out in the States on June 18th I just sped through it, horrified and enlightened, fascinated and heartened It s a fantastic and honest memoir in a category sorely lacking.

  2. says:

    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 menopause is all about dried up vaginas is particularly on point Her quest to connect with other animals who experience menopause is also quite moving.But a couple of things didn t sit right with me First, Steinke talks about becoming androgynous with menopause, and feeling increasingly outside the binary of male and female She does not, in saying this, claim a non binary or trans identity, but she does use the stories of non binary and trans individuals to bolster her point that a change in hormones means a change in self I was deeply uncomfortable with Steinke using the stories of trans and non binary individuals hormonal transitions to prop up her feelings about menopause While Steinke would argue there is a great deal of common ground between menopausal women who are trying to grow used to a new self and trans and non binary folk deciding on hormonal transition to bring their bodies into accord with their self, I don t think it holds up And there are power differences between the two situations that are never addressed For many trans and non binary people transition is about survival, and surviving cisness is not the same thing.This is also a book that barely considers race Steinke presents ciswomen s experiences as universal, but there are real, meaningful differences in the ways that women of different racial groups experience sexuality and gender, even if they re straight and cis There s no consideration here of the way that Black women s sexuality has been commodified, strangled, and exaggerated by white culture as a means of devaluing Black women s bodies, autonomy, and community There s no consideration of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and the way that white men have been socialized to believe Native women s bodies are theirs for the violent taking There s also no space to consider that menopause is looked at differently within human groups that her experience as a white woman is not necessarily the same as that of a ciswoman in other cultures in America, where aging is not so reviled.I m glad I read this book, because we all need to talk openly about menopause I learned things I m glad to know But I can t exactly recommend the book given the major flaws.

  3. says:

    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.

  4. says:

    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.

  5. says:

    It s about damn time.

  6. says:

    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 nights when hot flashes occurred And what other remedies are out there on the market The saddest thing is the terrible jokes that are said about menopause One of the most interesting parts was when Darcey went to a conference centre in Amsterdam to learn about how women in other countries were treated during the change.

  7. says:

    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 has toward aging women, and the plight of whales My small self says yes, going through menopause is better with a house in Brooklyn, teaching gigs in Paris and traveling the world to bond with other whale activists and going to international conferences guess what, bitches, I m in a bad mood What I did see is that this is the chance to reflect on life as a woman, and all our passages are part inheritance, part creation.

  8. says:

    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, one of the few other species that goes through menopause, and a species she clearly feels a strong kinship with.

  9. says:

    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.

  10. says:

    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 through it with little or no framework in which to experience it What information we have before the fact, gleaned mostly through mean spirited jokes and oblique references, is hugely negative This book starts to remedy that, but we need , from different voices, in different genres, about different experiences.

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