Red Moon Gang is out worldwide now!

At long last, my debut book Red Moon Gang: An Inclusive Guide to Periods is out now!

Menstruation is a topic that has intrigued me ever since the first drop of blood. My body has kept me on my toes for much of this time too. Going through this journey has really highlighted a huge gap in knowledge. I have spent the last decade studying, writing and talking about periods online and offline. It has all been leading to this book and I can’t quite believe it’s officially out in the wild.

Who is Red Moon Gang for?

Red Moon Gang is for anyone who wants to learn more about menstruation. Period. It doesn’t matter if you menstruate or not, used to and no longer do, or never did. No matter your age or gender, I hope you can learn from it.

What topics does it cover?

The book covers everything from the basics of the menstrual cycle, different period products out there, period conditions, to global period poverty and much more. It’s wide-ranging and I hope it will start a broader discussion about periods in general.

Is there anything else you want us to know?

Yes. The text was finalised in 2019 with plans to initially publish in 2020. As the pandemic led to the publication date being pushed, a small part of the information is outdated. For example, the UK has since eliminated the tampon tax! (Period underwear is currently not exempt though.) Since writing, the total number of states in the US that do not have the tax has changed too. There is currently 20 out of 50, and legislation to repeal Michigan’s has been reintroduced too.

There is a brand called FemmyCycle included in the resources section of Red Moon Gang. After watching Lux’s story and seeing others experience similar, I can no longer recommend them. I also no longer support or recommend Thinx, you can view a timeline of their questionable behaviour here.

The book includes a quote from Nadya Okamoto. Again unfortunately, I was made aware of her actions (that I do not condone) after the book had been sent to print.

Red Moon Gang aims to eradicate stigmas, providing a thorough, unapologetic and humorous guide to menstruation. Free from cultural hang-ups and drawing on the latest research, this gender-neutral book is perfect for anyone who wants to learn the honest truth about periods.

Red Moon Gang book cover

Red Moon Gang: The Book

Filled with information and free from cultural hang-ups, this gender-neutral book is directed at anybody that's ever dealt with having a period. Writer and influencer Tara Costello pulls together her research and experience into a book that's wide-ranging, inclusive, and fun. Boldly illustrated by Mary Purdie, Red Moon Gang tackles every aspect of the menstrual cycle--from the biology and science behind why you bleed every month, to the latest findings on hormonal fluctuations (aka, why you're PMSing so bad). It takes a deep dive into the different types of menstrual products available, including their pros and cons, and covers various period conditions such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome. Drawing from her own experience, Costello explores how having a period shaped her relationship to her body and her place in the world. And she discusses topics that aren't generally covered in health class too--such as how periods are a particular challenge to those experiencing body dysmorphia, individuals living in poverty, and disabled people. Finally, she offers up a Period Toolkit, listing products and retailers she loves, tips on how to make menstruating easier, and resources for further education.

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