MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Bring on the Fat!

Bring on the Fat!

I’ve been doing research on my own menstrual cycle for almost four years, charting my cycle using the Fertility Awareness Method.   Photo by Pete&Brook // CC 2.0 My cycles have always been wacky. I got my period when I was 11  but bled only a couple times a year, until, at my doctor’s suggestion, I went on the...
Collateral damage: Throwing menstruation out of the museum narrative

Collateral damage: Throwing menstruation out of the museum narrative

Last year, the media focused much attention on the Smithsonian’s decision to pull the David Wojnarowicz video, “A Fire in My Belly,” from an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., entitled, “Hide/Seek”.  The museum apologized for the piece’s contents after a group of Republican representatives and the Catholic League demanded the removal of the video.  Part of...
Menstrual Considerations in Fifty Shades of Grey

Menstrual Considerations in Fifty Shades of Grey

SPOILER ALERT: Plot details in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy are revealed in this post. Second book in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Fine literary fiction it is not, but the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E.L. James can certainly claim to be libido-boosting storytelling. Deirdre Donahue at USA Today summarized the books’ appeal in 10 reasons...
The Biology of Reproduction Isn’t Just About You

The Biology of Reproduction Isn’t Just About You

Photo by Minyoung Choi // CC 2.0 A scientific paper was recently published which looked at how shifting patterns of daily light and darkness affect pregnancy in mice.   The authors were interested in this question because studies have suggested that humans who experience such patterns, such as shift workers or women who travel repeatedly across time zones, have reduced fertility....
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