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From activities that women in various parts of the world are forbidden to perform while menstruating, as compiled by Anna Dahlqvist in It’s Only Blood. The book was published in June by Zed Books. Translated from the Swedish by Alice Olsson.

Make mayonnaise
Touch sour foods
Eat sweets
Eat eggs
Drink tea or coffee
Enter the kitchen
Enter a Hindu temple
Visit the part of a mosque where prayer is performed
Touch the Koran
Receive the Eucharist
Have sex for seven days from first day of menstruation
Have sex for fourteen days from first day of menstruation
Let others see your menses
Let others see your menstrual protection
Dispose of your menses in another person’s home
Shower or bathe
Touch young children
Sleep in a bed
Leave the house
Live at home

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August 2018

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