Book Passage Presents
Mon., June 28, 2021 • 6:00pm PT • Live • Online
Just as she did in her groundbreaking bestseller The Vagina Bible, Dr. Jen Gunter—the internet’s most fearless advocate for women’s health—brings empowerment through knowledge in her new book, The Menopause Manifesto, by countering stubborn myths and misunderstandings about menopause with hard facts, real science, fascinating historical perspective, and expert advice.
The only thing predictable about menopause is its unpredictability. Factor in widespread misinformation, a lack of research, and the culture of shame around women’s bodies, and it’s no wonder women are unsure what to expect during the menopause transition and beyond.
Menopause is not a disease—it’s a planned change, like puberty. And just like puberty, we should be educated on what’s to come years in advance, rather than the current practice of leaving people on their own with bothersome symptoms and too much conflicting information. Knowing what is happening, why, and what to do about it is both empowering and reassuring.
Frank and funny, Dr. Jen debunks misogynistic attitudes and challenges the over-mystification of menopause to reveal everything you really need to know about: perimenopause; hot flashes; sleep disruption; sex and libido; depression and mood changes; skin and hair issues; outdated therapies; breast health; weight and muscle mass; health maintenance screening; and much more!
Filled with practical, reassuring information, this essential guide will revolutionize how women experience menopause—including how their lives can be even better for it.
Emily Willingham's Phallacy is a wry look at what the astonishing world of animal penises can tell us about how we use our own.
The fallacy sold to many of us is that the penis signals dominance and power. But this wry and penetrating book reveals that in fact nature did not shape the penis—or the human attached to it—to have the upper...hand.
Phallacy looks closely at some of nature's more remarkable examples of penises and the many lessons to learn from them. In tracing how we ended up positioning our nondescript penis as a pulsing, awe-inspiring shaft of all masculinity and human dominance, Phallacy also shows what can we do to put that penis back where it belongs.
Emphasizing our human capacities for impulse control, Phallacy ultimately challenges the toxic message that the penis makes the man and the man can't control himself. With instructive illustrations of unusual genitalia and tales of animal mating rituals that will make you particularly happy you are not a bedbug, Phallacy shows where humans fit on the continuum from fun to fatal phalli and why the human penis is an implement for intimacy, not intimidation.
Dr. Jen Gunter is an internationally bestselling author, obstetrician, and gynecologist with more than three decades of experience as a vulvar and vaginal diseases expert. Her New York Times and USA Today bestselling book, The Vagina Bible, has been translated into nineteen languages and The Guardian calls her "the world's most famous—and outspoken—gynecologist." The recipient of the 2020 NAMS Media Award from The North American Menopause Society, she is a columnist for The New York Times and the star of Jensplaining, a CBC video series that highlights the impact of medical misinformation on women. Dr. Gunter also appears in the Netflix series A User's Guide to Cheating Death and her TED Talk reached one million views in its first month. For more information, follow @DrJenGunter or visit DrJenGunter.com.
Emily Willingham is the author of Phallacy: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis and The Tailored Brain: From Ketamine, to Keto, to Companionship, A User’s Guide to Feeling Better and Thinking Smarter, publishing in 2021, and is a regular contributor to Scientific American. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she completed postdoctoral work, and hails from Texas, where she earned a BA in English and a PhD in biological sciences.
Dr. Jen Gunter photo by Jason LeCras; Emily Willingham photo courtesy of author