Shifting the Narrative Around Menopause

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Omisade Burney-Scott, the founder of Black Girl’s Guide to Surviving Menopause, argues for a shift in the narrative and culture around aging and menopause. She wants us to see menopause not as a source of fear and shame but as a positive, powerful, ritual of transformation.

“And maybe, just maybe, the old woman living in the woods is not a mythical threat, but a person navigating their highly individualized journey with menopause and aging that transforms everything she knows about her body and her relationship to the world around her. Instead of being feared, perhaps we should take another look and see her in her full personhood deserving of care and support from the people around her.”