MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Media all over “end-the-tampon-tax” advocacy

As U.S. advocacy to end the “tampon tax” on all feminine hygiene products continues, Democratic politicians, including President Obama, dialled up the media conversation about the issue as 2016 got underway. Here’s a January timeline: This tampon art piece might be considered a luxury item, but the real thing is not. Special Edition Playtex by Danielle Hogan, 2006. Used with...

Novel approach to the menstrual cycle: State of Wonder, Part 3

This post was originally published at re:Cycling on March 27, 2015.  State of Wonder–Part 3: Wondering about menstrual cycle misconceptions in a fictionalized theory for extended fertility In Parts 1 and 2, I wondered why author Ann Patchett chose not to include information about menstruation, femcare products and birth control that, logically, would have enhanced her novel’s inciting premise—lifelong...

Novel approach to the menstrual cycle: State of Wonder, Part 2

This post was originally published at re:Cycling on March 6, 2015. State of Wonder–Part 2: Wondering about missing femcare products and birth control references In State of Wonder–Part 1, I mused as to why, in a novel revolving around the extended menstruation and fertility of the Lakashi tribe, only the menstrual cycles of the Brazilian women being studied...

Novel approach to the menstrual cycle: State of Wonder, Part 1

As re:Cycling explores media representation of the menstrual cycle, we’ve chosen to republish a three-part series I wrote about how author Ann Patchett uses the menstrual cycle as a major plot devise in her novel State of Wonder. Part 1 was originally published on January 22, 2015. State of Wonder–Part 1: Wondering about missing menstrual mentions in literature In her...
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