What We're Told Not To Talk About (But We're Going To Anyway: Women's Voices From East London to Ethiopa

Author(s): Nimko Ali

Feminism | Women's Health

'I started my period at home in the afternoon aged 14 on a warm day. I remember screaming and thinking "There is no doubt about it; I am definitely going to die."'

This book is about vaginas. Fanny, cunt, flower, foo-foo, tuppence, whatever you want to call it almost half of the world's population has one.

Was Jessica Ennis on her period they day she won Olympic Gold? What do you do when you're living on the streets and pregnant? What does it feeling like to have a poo after you've given birth? We all have questions but it's not seen as very polite to talk about our fanny; in fact it is down-right rude.

What We're Told Not to Talk Aboutis an important, taboo-breaking book that shares the stories of pregnancy and periods, orgasms and the menopause, from women from all walks of life. From refugee camps in Calais to Oscar-winning actresses, to Nimko's own story of living with FGM, each woman shares their own relationship with their vagina and its impact on their life.


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'Nimko Ali: a heroine for our time destroys the notion of things being too rude to discuss.' --Caitlin Moran, Author of How to Be a Woman

'Nimko Ali is my hero! She's an anti-FGM activist and is responsible for changing laws across the globe! She is also hilarious and wonderful.' -- Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

'Nimko says it how it is. There is no subject too rude for her to tackle. We should all be talking about our vaginas and she is leading the way.' -- Bryony Gordon, author of Mad Girl

'What We're Told Not to Talk About is going to shift the conversation around women's bodies.' -- Amika George, founder of Free Periods Campaign

'Hilarious and heart-breaking at the same time, Nimko has blown apart all taboos ... Essential reading for everyone' -- Scarlett Curtis, author of Feminists Don't Wear Pink

Nimko Ali is a feminist, anti-FGM campaigner and professional over-sharer. She has spoken at events, including Women of the World, The Girl Summit, and the UN Commission on the Status of Women. She has also won numerous awards, including being named one of the Cosmopolitan's Woman of the Year 2010, BBC's 100 Women of 2013, Red magazine Woman of the Year 2014 and 6th on the Woman's Hour Power List 2014. Most recently she was named by The Sunday Times as one of Debrett's 500 most influential people in Britain.She continues to campaign against the practice of FGM and for women's issues and currently works for the Women's Equality Party and as an independent adviser on a number of government and non-government bodies.

General Fields

  • : 9780241292624
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Viking
  • : May 2019
  • : July 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Nimko Ali
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : en
  • : 612.62
  • : 256