MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Menopausal Junk

Menopausal Junk

In response to my last blog entry about Helena Bonham Carter, Paula Derry commented that we treat menopause as a “junk category,” tossing in any symptom we can’t explain or don’t want to attribute to anything else. So true. In fact, Anne Fausto-Sterling said this long ago about menopause – that tons of symptoms were attributed to menopause when in...

Early German Menstrual TV Advertising

It is axiomatic that advertising commonly reflects and reinforces social values. At other times, by introducing new products or new perspectives on existing products, advertising serves as an agent of social change. Nowhere are these two phenomena more evident than in ads for menstrual products. On one hand, when ads tell consumers that a particular device will guarantee secrecy or...

If Men Had Cramps, Memorable Menstrual Moments, and More Weekend Links

Forty years ago, Gloria Steinem wondered what the world would be like if men could menstruate. Dana Leipold wonders what it would be like if men had killer menstrual cramps. Amelia McDonell-Parry of The Frisky shares 15 “memorable menstruation scenes” from popular culture. We’ve written about several of these re:Cycling: Ani DiFranco’s Blood in the Boardroom was...
Of Menstruators and Manhole Covers

Of Menstruators and Manhole Covers

Feminists of a certain age may recall debates about changing sexist language, and the ways feminists were once mocked for insisting on replacing sex-specific terms such as policeman with police officer, fireman with firefighter, stewardess with flight attendant and the so-called generic pronouns he and him with he or she, him or her or they and...

“My Daughter, My Advice”

Strange ad copy for an actor without children. But it’s celebrity flashback Monday! Brenda Vaccaro is one of a small number of celebrities who appeared in femcare advertising after she was famous. (Others include tennis star Serena Williams and gymnast Cathy Rigby and Mary Lou Retton.) Cheryl Tiegs, Susan Dey, and Cybill Shepherd all appeared in print ads before they...
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