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Out for Blood: Essays on Menstruation and Resistance

Out for Blood: Essays on Menstruation and Resistance

Excerpt from Out for Blood: Essays on Menstruation and Resistance, by Breanne Fahs SUNY Press, November, 2016 In 2012 Petra Collins, an outspoken artist and activist, designed a t-shirt for American Apparel that depicted a hairy menstruating vulva with fingers spreading open the labia.  As a piece of agitprop, this shirt successfully provoked a firestorm of angry responses. ... read more
SMCR Member Profile: Exploring psychosocial factors associated with postpartum psychosis

SMCR Member Profile: Exploring psychosocial factors associated with postpartum psychosis

Marie C. Hansen, M.A., Long Island University Brooklyn, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student When and why did you join the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research? I joined the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research in 2014 after being told about the organization by my mentor, Dr. Aurelie Athan, of the Maternal Psychology Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University. I was interested in... read more
The 7% “Man Tax,” the +/- Effects of Estrogen on the Brain, and other Weekend Links

The 7% “Man Tax,” the +/- Effects of Estrogen on the Brain, and other Weekend Links

When theory lends to practice and practice lends to activism Menstrual-related theories and research have long played a role in shaping how women’s bodies are perceived and how their behavior is explained. More often than not, by attributing a causal link between the menstrual cycle and behavior and/or appearance, negative stereotypes evolve. While theories and research may lend to negative... read more
SMCR Member Profile: Setting the record straight about endometriosis

SMCR Member Profile: Setting the record straight about endometriosis

Heather Guidone, Program Director, Center for Endometriosis Care  When and why did you join the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research? I was invited as a guest speaker to the 2013 SMCR conference and was immediately impressed by the depth of camaraderie and spirit with which I was welcomed—it felt like “coming home.” I’ve been an active member ever since. The... read more
The menstrual “talk” revolution is in full swing

The menstrual “talk” revolution is in full swing

This fall, the plethora of menstrual-related news articles and social media trends is proving that we are well into what some may call a menstrual talk revolution. Menstrual discourse is no longer taking place in hushed tones behind closed doors. People are talking about menstruation in public spaces, on social media platforms and within classrooms and policy reform circles. Whether... read more
New poetry about the female body from Sharon Olds

New poetry about the female body from Sharon Olds

Surely our most probing and productive poet, especially when it comes to the period and what was once coyly called “the pudenda,” is Sharon Olds. Her latest paeans to the parts of women occur in her 2016 collection simply titled, Odes. The book was recently reviewed in the New York Times with Olds referred to in the headline as... read more
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