A surprising look at the role of menopause in human historyâ€”and why we should change the ways we think about it Are the ways we look at menopause all wrong? Susan Mattern says yes and, in The Slow Moon Climbs, reveals just how wrong we have been. From the rainforests of Paraguay to the streets of Tokyo, Mattern draws on historical, scientific, and cultural research to show how perceptions of menopause developed from prehistory to today. For most of human history, people had no word for menopause and did not view it as a medical condition. Rather, in traditional foraging and agrarian societies, it was a transition to another important life stage. Introducing new ways of understanding life beyond fertility, Mattern examines the fascinating â€œGrandmother Hypothesis,â€ looks at agricultural communities where households relied on postreproductive women for the familyâ€™s survival, and explores the emergence of menopause as a medical condition in the Western world. The Slow Moon Climbs casts menopause in the positive light it deservesâ€”as an essential juncture and a key factor in human flourishing.
The Slow Moon Climbs
Publication Date2021-03-02 00:00:00