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About the Book

Good Girl, Bad Period, is a collection of stories breaking the silence on misogyny and gaslighting through the lens of Endometriosis.

Along with curricular commentary and narration guided by Silvia Young, the anthology projects a snapshot in time with over 80 stories of vast lived experiences at the forefront to nurture conversation, community, critical thinking, and a generation embarking on patient-centered solutions.

Providing a teaching experience from the inside, Good Girl, Bad Period promotes intersectional feminism, and a sense of cultural, historical, and personal identity by providing a curricular storytelling experience that’s inclusive.

The counternarrative will also call attention to some of history’s most prominent writers, whose works attest to the themes this book intends to destigmatize, proving just how much history repeats itself under a patriarchal system.

More than 80 contributors across four continents, 13 countries, and 22 states represent not only 200 million people with endometriosis, but also billions more trying to access healthcare globally.

Disclaimer: Assigned female at birth (AFAB), trans, and non-binary inclusive. Use of terms related to ‘fem’, ‘female’, ‘girls’,  ‘women’ or ‘women’s health’ used herein i.e., in referential citations, is intended only as a theoretical and historic framework. Such use is not intended to trivialize any and all lived experiences trying to access healthcare in a two-gendered system, and the many intersections facing added discrimination, including but not limited to ethnicity, race, culture, size, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disabilities, and socioeconomic bias.

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About Silvia Young

Silvia Young is a Latina, California-based, change agent in female empowerment. Twenty-five years of gaslighting finally led her to an endometriosis diagnosis, and related infertility, C-PTSD, and disability. 

 

With her roots in South London, Silvia was raised during the 1970s/80s Brixton uprising and saw first-hand systemic abuses and cover-ups related to Thatcherism, fascism, and propaganda. This profound experience shaped her worldview, and showed her the parallels facing oppressed communities as she navigated her own silenced adversity and cage of societal constructs trying to be a “good girl” hiding a “bad period.”

 

The journey to seek help for pain and trauma, through diagnosis to access, uncovered truth in systemic gender bias and discrimination across all societal systems, the underbelly of capitalism, and how whoever owns the narrative owns the power. Hint, the patriarchy. 

 

In 2017, Silvia founded FemTruth™, a catalog of published works to flip the script and take back the narrative as an important step toward systemic change. This collection includes a play, poetry, memoir, anthology, children’s illustration book, campaigns like 31 FemTruthspresentations, and more, where Silvia explores these themes. She has also been asked to byline articles in student-led, University publications like her OpEd ‘Medical Gaslighting Epidemic in Women’s Health, Myths of Period Pain Requires Academic Discussion’ for the University of California, Berkeley’s The Daily Californian.

Through GASLIT, A 3-Act Play, which debuted on October 30, 2018, at the University of California, Davis, Silvia provides intentional space to normalize conversations in schools and communities with artistic performances.

In 2021 Silvia founded the non-profit FemTruth Youth, to reimagine youth’s agency in stigmatized topics like menstruation and mental health. That same year, the City and County of San Francisco, California, recognized September as FemTruth Youth Women’s Health Awareness Month. FemTruth Youth’s first production partnership is with The Pad Project, creators of OSCAR®-winning documentary Period. End of Sentence. The Pad Project’s original performance of Silvia Young’s GASLIT, a 3-Act Play is scheduled for summer 2022.

A seasoned organizer in California policy including Menstrual and Gender Equity, Silvia is currently seeking legislative support for her proposed bill ‘Empower Pupils Women’s Health Training.’

In 2022, Silvia’s body of work from storytelling to policy, was chosen as this year’s Women’s History Month honoree by the student leadership of a Bay Area Middle School.

 

Silvia has been invited to speak at many campuses including Columbia University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Davis, University of California, Santa Barbara, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Jose State University, and San Francisco State University. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, sons, and Boston Terriers.

Disclaimer: Assigned female at birth (AFAB), trans, and non-binary inclusive. Use of terms related to ‘fem’, ‘female’, ‘girls’,  ‘women’ or ‘women’s health’ used herein i.e., in referential citations, is intended only as a theoretical and historic framework. Such use is not intended to trivialize any and all lived experiences trying to access healthcare in a two-gendered system, and the many intersections facing added discrimination, including but not limited to ethnicity, race, culture, size, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disabilities, and socioeconomic bias.

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: Why should I preorder the Amazon Kindle edition? 

Kindle pre-orders contribute toward sales rank and other Kindle Store merchandising even before our eBook's release, which can help more readers discover our book. 

Note: Amazon doesn’t currently offer pre-orders for paperbacks.

 

FAQ: What if I don’t have a Kindle? 

You can view Kindle books without a Kindle by downloading the Kindle app. It’s available for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC. 

 

FAQ: When Can I Get My Paperback version?

Good Girl, Bad Period is available via Amazon Kindle for the initial pre-order to help us climb up the ranking charts. We will send additional announcements when the paperback is available for pre-order purchase. By release, Good Girl, Bad Period will be available to purchase in Barnes and Noble, Target online, Books-a-Million, Book Depository, and more. Please follow us on social media for announcements.

 

FAQ: I think my High School, College, and/or University may be interested, how can I help?

Please send me an email! We have a database where we are collecting all this information. We will be in touch when we are ready to take that next step.

 

FAQ: How can I stay up to date on new information regarding Good Girl, Bad Period’s promotion, and release? 

Be sure to subscribe to our website here, where we will be sending formal information regarding its progression with regular social media updates. 

 

FAQ: If I am a book reviewer, influencer, and/or gender equity advocate, how can I get involved with this project? 

We’d love to have you. Send us an email at ourgalaxypublishing@gmail.com with the subject title, “Good Girl, Bad Period Collab,” and let us know your idea. We’d love to send you an advanced copy for your official review. 

FAQ: Will Good Girl, Bad Period, be available in libraries?

Yes, and we will let you know how you can get it into your library if it already isn't. Stay tuned.

 

Ways to support Good Girl, Bad Period

  1. Preorder a Kindle copy here: Good, Girl, Bad Period

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Our Contributors

Alice Cocker

Allenia Owens

Allyssa Gravitt

Alyssa Sanchez

Amaliah Adenique Cunningham-Nation

Amy Courtney

Amy Di Cristo

Analisa Brill

Angela Corbett

Angela Kenny

Angela Moon Jean Chaplin Lins Eich

Angela Tillman

Anna Gaboury

Becky Keyes

Beth Kovacs 

Blythe Johnson

Brandi LaPerle

Brynn Kesgard

Caitlin Conyers

Caitlin Fazio

Casey Berna

Cathy Melling

Charlotte Smith

Christina Castle

Ciara Compton

Cicely Daniels

Courtney Vallier

Crystal Jordan

Dian Knowles

Elayne Hill

Elsie Wandera-Odhiambo

Emma Weiland

Hafdís Houmøller Einarsdóttir

Heather Guidone

Jaimee Rae McCormack

Janette Rogers-Booth

Jessica Thede

Jojo Higgs

Joy Grey

Katelyn Freeman Hernandez

Katrina Alleyne

Keisha Meek

Kimberly Hernandez

Kimberly Thomas

Kirsty Taylor

Kristen McRobie

Krystle Bell Saulsberry

Lana Rhiannon 

Laura McCormack

Laura Pearl Spivack

Lauren R. Kornegay

Lisa Howard

Lisa Morley

Lisa Nulty

Louise Hearn 

Lucie Wheatcroft

Lurika Bal

Mags Boland Murphy

Margrét Finney Jónsdóttir

Marla Meletis-Kacan

Michelle Johnson

Melissa Austin

Melissa Vlahos

Nancy Petersen

Patti Young

Penny Walsh

Ragnheiður K. Jóhannesdóttir Thoroddsen

Rebbecca Fauble

Renee Papesh

River Maxwell

Samantha Bowick

Sarah Yoakum

Sherry Webber

Shireen Hand

Silja Steinunnardottir 

Silvia Young

Sóldís Lilja Benjamínsdóttir

Sonia Beier

Stephanie Parido

Stephanie Sauer

Stephany Adeyemi

Tiffany Olney

Tricia Connelly

Wendy Bingham

 

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