MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Are menopause stereotypes still selling?

Are menopause stereotypes still selling?

The holiday season brings plenty of opportunities to celebrate as well as to reflect on our lives, our society, and the state of the world. So, here’s an opportunity to reflect on the state of the menstrual ecology, a look back at a post from three years ago, published on Aug. 6, 2012. This piece was about a book... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Donald Trump wasn’t the first to get in trouble over menstrual talk

Much has been made of Donald Trump’s snarky remark about how the journalist Megan Kelly spoke to him at the Republican candidates’ debate on Aug. 6, 2015. And the news is dominated by stories about how social media are reshaping every aspect of our lives, not to mention the proliferation of web sites of various kinds that explore various aspects... read more
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