2024 Festival:
October 21–27
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Dr. Jen Gunter: The Science, Medicine, and Mythology of Menstruation

Presented in partnership with Vancouver Period Pantry and Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

This event includes ASL interpretation for in-person attendees.

Trusted OB-GYN Dr. Jen Gunter has been called “Twitter’s resident gynecologist” for her fierce advocacy for women’s health, and viral online threads debunking misinformation about the vagina. The #1 bestselling author of The Vagina Bible and The Menopause Manifesto returns to the Vancouver Writers Fest with Blood: The science, medicine, and mythology of menstruation.

Most of us know as much about how the uterus and ovaries function as we do about how the liver works. Add in societal shame around the menstrual cycle and it’s not surprising that misinformation is widespread. In Blood, Dr. Gunter offers a clear, no-nonsense guide to reproductive anatomy and answers all the questions you never knew you had about menstrual bleeding. Filled with Dr. Gunter’s expertise and trademark wit, this new book is “the brilliant and long needed corrective that we have waited for, since the first time we stuffed a box of pads into a three-ply paper bag and slunk out of a pharmacy. Never again.” —Samantha Bee

In conversation with award-winning Globe and Mail journalist Andrea Woo, Dr. Gunter will debunk myths and challenge patriarchal attitudes toward this natural bodily process. Join us at this free event for a funny and candid evening of biological education and smashing the patriarchy.