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MENSTRUAL MISCHIEF: South Park Meets Judy Blume

MENSTRUAL MISCHIEF: South Park Meets Judy Blume

Note: Inspiration for the following observation came from research and writing done by a former student of mine, Bob Newman, whose thorough analysis of the menstrual elements in adult TV cartoons is the source of the critique. It is likely, at least for women who grew up from 1970 onward, that the most widely known menstrual reference in popular culture...
Weekend Links at re:Cycling – Menstrual Activism & the Arts

Weekend Links at re:Cycling – Menstrual Activism & the Arts

When it comes to modern political and social activism, one of the most powerful tools one can use to make a statement and shift public perception is art. Whether it’s film, fine art or the written word, art has the ability to challenge society’s deepest assumptions by sparking new ideas, catalyzing critical thinking, and inspiring individuals to take steps in...
De-Tox and De-Tax the Period

De-Tox and De-Tax the Period

Although the social status and understanding of the menstrual cycle has (at least among industrialized and relatively better educated societies) improved slowly but perceptibly over the past 50 years, there are still many ways that menstruation is still stigmatized and used as a way to diminish women. Period jokes, PMS slurs, and even jibes at women’s capacity to hold political...
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