What We’re Told Not to Talk About (But We’re Going to Anyway): Women’s Voices from East London to Ethiopia

by Nimko Ali





Published by Penguin Books Ltd

Published August 2020

Books > Politics


‘Nimko’s book is going to shift the conversation around women’s bodies. Our bodies, and everything they do, make us who we are’ –Amika George, founder of Free Periods Campaign

What do you do when you’re homeless and on your period? What does it feel like to have a poo following childbirth? How do we learn to love our bodies again after they’ve been abused?

It’s rude. It’s improper. It’s disgusting. All justifications that leave women’s questions about their bodies unanswered. And activist Nimko Ali has had enough of it.

Following her own experience of FGM and rebuilding her relationship with her body, this important book contains the true stories of women sharing what they’ve always been told is secret and shameful – from east London to Ethiopia, from pregnancy to menopause.

This is a call to arms. This is a cry to reclaim the narrative around our fannies and to refuse the taboos that silent us. 

‘A beautiful book with such a wide range of uplifting but often heart-breaking stories. Made us cry and think in equal measure’ – Pandora Sykes, co-host of The High Low

‘Nimko has blown apart all taboos, blown apart the echo chamber and included all women in the feminist conversation.’ – Scarlett Curtis, author of Feminists Don’t Wear Pink

‘There is no subject too taboo for her to tackle. We should all be talking about our vaginas and she is leading the way’ – Bryony Gordon, author of Mad Girl

Nimko Ali is heroine for our time, she destroys the notion of things being too rude to discuss’ – Caitlin Moran, author of How to Be a Woman

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