MENSTRUATION MATTERS

EWW! Is That Period Blood?!

It’s been frequently noted (by many writers, not just me) that menstrual blood must remain invisible. So I was quite pleased to stumble upon this lively discussion at Feministe about menstrual blood and why it seems to have a greater squick factor than other blood – or any other bodily fluid, for that matter. Frau Sally Benz started this... read more

Big Pharma Used Ghostwriters to Promote HRT

I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you. The New York Times reports today that Wyeth, makers of Premarin and Prempro, hired ghostwriters to develop medical journal articles that promoted the use of these hormone treatments. The articles emphasized the benefits and de-emphasized the risks of taking hormones. Although the articles were usually signed by a physician who had read and approved... read more

Does PMS Cause Chocolate Cravings?

A new study published in the journal, Appetite, suggests there is not a hormonal reason for premenstrual women to crave chocolate. The research was based on the premise that if the craving for chocolate was in fact related to a premenstrual surge in hormones, postmenopausal women would display diminished cravings for chocolate. Although the researchers did find a small... read more

Mikvah in Montana

The Hasidic movement Chabad Lubavitch has opened the first mikvah, a ritual bath for spiritual purification, in Montana. Estimates are that there are fewer than 1000 Jews residing in Montana, but Chabad says this is the only contemporary mikvah in a vast area that includes Idaho, North Dakota and South Dakota. From the Associated Press article: Jewish law... read more

The Blood They Cannot Show

As I’ve written elsewhere, entertainment media in the U.S. aren’t squeamish about showing us blood: gunshot wounds, horrific vehicle accidents, and surgical procedures can be seen in fictional narratives as well as nightly news. It’s only menstrual blood that must remain hidden. Another reminder of this phenomenon can be seen in the brief internet buzz last month, when teen... read more
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