CHRA is co-sponsoring a reading of Our Red Book, a collection of essays, oral histories, and artworks about periods across all stages of life, gathered by the New York Times best-selling author Rachel Kauder Nalebuff. The event is co-presented by CHRA, Fisher Center, Bard Theater and Performance Department and Written Arts.
Our Red Book takes us through stories of first periods, last periods, missing periods, and everything about bleeding that people wish they had been told. Weaving together powerful voices—from teenagers, midwives, Indigenous scholars, Olympic athletes, incarcerated writers, disoriented fathers, elected leaders who fought to make period products free, friends transitioning genders, grandmothers, and lovers—the book invites us on a collective journey of growth and change, with Rachel’s own voice as a guide.
The panel will be followed by an audio piece by Ciko Sidzumo (HRA ’24). As We Bleed gathers a collection of experiences of menstruation in an effort to increase the scope of our understanding and cultivate a support-oriented discourse for people who menstruate. As We Bleed was first developed and presented as an interactive sound installation for Tender Edges, a microfestival of art projects created by the first-year students in the MA in Human Rights & the Arts as part of a course on the politics of interactive live art. This project was deeply inspired by the collaborative work of The Menstrual Project ZA, a non profit organization in South Africa that seeks to eradicate period poverty and menstruation stigma and the cultivation of radically supportive and safe space.
Rachel Kauder Nalebuff is a writer working at the intersection of oral history, performance, and public health. Her newest book is Our Red Book (Simon & Schuster, 2022). She is the author of Stages: on Dying, Working, and Feeling (Thick Press, 2020); coeditor of The Feminist Utopia Project (Feminist Press, 2015); and the editor of the New York Times bestselling My Little Red Book (Twelve Books, 2009). She teaches nonfiction writing at Yale University.