Charis welcomes Heather Corinna in conversation with Soraya Chemaly for a celebration of What Fresh Hell Is This? A Guide to Perimenopause, Menopause, Other Indignities and You. What to Expect When You’re Not Expected to Expect Anything Anymore.
Did you see the title and flame-filled cover of this book, and did your weary, sweaty, confused, and exasperated soul scream, That one! That is the book for me!!? If so, I’d first like to extend my deepest sympathies, an ice pack, and some of these very helpful edibles. If it’s three in the morning as you’re reading this, as it may well be, you likely want those more than a book. But since I can’t really give you the other stuff, I can at least offer you this book. . . .
Perimenopause and menopause experiences are as unique as all of us who move through them. While there’s no one-size-fits-all, Heather Corinna tells you what can happen and what you can do to take care of yourself, all the while busting pernicious myths, offering real self-care tips—the kind that won’t break the bank or your soul—and running the gamut from hot flashes to hormone therapy. With big-tent, practical, clear information and support, and inclusive of so many who have long been left out of the discussion—people with disabilities; queer, transgender, nonbinary, and other gender-diverse people; BIPOC; working-class and other folks—What Fresh Hell Is This? is the cooling pillow and empathetic best friend to help you through the fire.
Heather (they/them) is a dedicated queer feminist activist, author, educator, artist, teacher, organizer, and innovator who works to create, cultivate and support positive growth and change. Heather is the founder, director, designer, and editor of the web organization Scarleteen, the first truly comprehensive sex, sexuality, and relationships education site and resource for young people of its kind, which has provided millions of young people accurate and inclusive information and support every year for the last 20 + years. Heather’s also the author of the inclusive, comprehensive, and progressive sex, sexual health, and relationships book for young adults, S.E.X: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties; Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up, for older middle readers and younger teens; and the new and highly inclusive menopause memoir-slash-survival guide What Fresh Hell Is This? Perimenopause, Menopause, Other Indignities and You. Heather has won several awards in their field, and their work has hailed acclaim or mentions from many publications.
Soraya Chemaly is an award-winning author and activist. She writes and speaks frequently on topics related to gender norms, inclusivity, social justice, free speech, sexualized violence, and technology. The former Executive Director of The Representation Project and Director and co-founder of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project, she has long been committed to expanding women’s civic and political participation. Soraya is also the author of Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger, which was recognized as a Best Book of 2018 by the Washington Post, Fast Company, Psychology Today, and NPR and has been translated into multiple languages. She is a contributor to several anthologies, and a co-producer of a WMC PSA highlighting the effects of online harassment on women in politics in America. As an activist, Ms. Chemaly spearheaded successful campaigns challenging corporations to address online hate and harassment, restrictive content moderation and censorship, and institutional biases that affect free speech.
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What to Expect When You’re Not Expected to Expect Anything Anymore
Did you see the title and flame-filled cover of this book, and did your weary, sweaty, confused, and exasperated soul scream, That one! That is the book for me!!? If so, I’d first like to extend my deepest sympathies, an ice pack, and some of these very helpful edibles.
The go-to sex ed guide for teens and young adults, tackling everything you want to know about sex, from consent, safe sex, emotional health and more, from the founder of scarleteen.com.
From Heather Corinna, founder and director of Scarleteen.com, and Isabella Rotman, cartoonist and sex educator, comes a graphic novel guide that covers essential topics for preteens and young teens about their changing bodies and feelings.
Join friends Malia, Rico, Max, Sam and Alexis as they talk about all the weird and exciting parts of growing up!