The Cultural Story of Menstruation

Book - 2009
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In this hip, hilarious and truly eye-opening cultural history, menstruation is talked about as never before. Flow spans its fascinating, occasionally wacky and sometimes downright scary story: from mikvahs (ritual cleansing baths) to menopause, hysteria to hysterectomies--not to mention the Pill, cramps, the history of underwear, and the movie about puberty they showed you in 5th grade.

Flow answers such questions as: What's the point of getting a period? What did women do before pads and tampons? What about new drugs that promise to end periods--a hot idea or not? Sex during your period: gross or a turn-on? And what's normal , anyway? With color reproductions of (campy) historical ads and early (excruciating) femcare devices, it also provides a fascinating (and mind-boggling) gallery of this complex, personal and uniquely female process.

As irreverent as it is informative, Flow gives an everyday occurrence its true props - and eradicates the stigma placed on it for centuries.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2009
ISBN: 9780312379964
Call Number: 612.662 St342f
Characteristics: xiii, 270 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Kim, Susan 1958-


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Jan 04, 2011

I really enjoyed reading this book. It followed along the same vein as lectures from a great university course that I took years ago (University of Ottawa - Psychology Dept - Human Sexual Behaviour), so a lot of the information wasn't a surprise to me. But that said, there was still information that was new (and shocking!) to me, so much so that I read it out in disbelief to my husband, who was surprisingly, yet mildly, interested too.

It's interesting and disturbing that menstruation is so medicalized and still such a taboo subject, especially in today's world. We've come a long way from the late 1800's but we still have a long way to go.

Oct 26, 2010

I enjoyed this book. It gave me some food for thought. It was also really neat to see some vintage advertisements and educational materials from the 1920's to 1960's (some where quite silly, others I found to be quite shocking).


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