MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Misogyny, Medicine, or Menstrual Madness?

Misogyny, Medicine, or Menstrual Madness?

Guest Post by Lydia Aponte — Marymount Manhattan College In Professor David Linton’s Social Construction and Images of Menstruation course, our class watched two documentaries involving menstruation and menstrual suppression. Both Period: The End of Menstruation? and Red Moon addressed what is becoming an increasingly concerning topic: now that menstrual suppression in the form of birth control is becoming more...
Margaret Atwood’s Menstrual Dystopia

Margaret Atwood’s Menstrual Dystopia

The menstrual cycle has been of interest to novelists from time to time and some of their work has received critical attention by scholars, most notably in Dana Medoro’s Bleeding in America, a seminal study that assesses the menstrual elements in the novels of Faulkner, Pynchon, and Morrison (previously reviewed here).  But perhaps the novel that is...

History of Pill Packaging, Outrageous Remarks about Birth Control, and Other Weekend Links

Second City responds to last week’s Congressional hearings on contraception, with all-female hearings on men’s health. Sociological Images discusses the packaging of the pill, using images from a gallery of pill package photos associated with the PBS American Experience biography of the pill. In addition to being the first lifestyle drug, the birth control pill also holds the...
What’s missing from Mother Jones’ birth control calculator?

What’s missing from Mother Jones’ birth control calculator?

Source: Public Domain In response to Rick Santorum’s recent assertion that birth control only costs “a few dollars” and therefore there shouldn’t be such a big fuss about denying insurance coverage, Mother Jones published a birth control calculator this week that estimates your lifetime costs for birth control, based on your current age. The calculator asks you to enter your...
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