Mona Eltahawy on shame and shamelessness, why the patriarchy hates it when we stop giving a f*ck, and diversifying menopause stories

Join me as I talk to Mona Eltahawy, journalist, activist and author. (Note that there is liberal use of the F word throughout - as Mona herself proclaims, profanity is one of the ways she claims her power!)  We discuss her last book "The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls" - including why it is so critical we stop teaching girls to express anger. Here's one of my favourite quotes from the book: “What if we nurtured and encouraged the expression of anger in girls the same way we encourage reading skills: as necessary for their navigation of the world? What if we believed that, just as reading and writing help a girl to understand the world around her and to express herself within it, expressing her anger was also a necessary tool for a girl making her way through life.” We then move on to talk about the anthology she is currently working on entitled "Bloody Hell! And Other Stories: Adventures in Menopause from Across the Personal and Political Spectrum" a much needed lens on a subject where many of the voices we hear are White, Western, and straight. We cover Mona's own disbelief at how unprepared she was for perimenopause, why global, and gender-expansive voices and stories are so important, and why the patriarchy really (really) hates it when older women discover their power and become shameless...and how it tries to silence and shame us all the more. Oh...and why we all talk about moisturising our faces...but heaven forbid we should talk about moisturising our v@ginas! Mona's anthology will be published by crowdfunding publisher Unbound and you can find out more and pre-order a copy at You can find Mona on Instagram at Don't forget to follow us over on Instagram or find out more/join our newsletter at   Please subscribe, rate, and review us on Apple Podcasts to share the love!

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Hi, I’m Emma Thomas and I started the Middling Along podcast as a companion to my blog: Often, we find as women hitting a ‘certain point’ in life, that we are so used to people-pleasing, and making sure that everyone else is OK, and their needs are met, that we have lost touch with what we want, what we need, who we are… I started the Middling Along blog with the aim of reclaiming my own ‘midlife’ and finding my happy. I wanted a way to celebrate stories of women just like you and I, finding out what really brings them joy, and doing more of it. Join me as we speak to a wide range of different women about their unique stories.