MENSTRUATION MATTERS

2009-2017

It’s time to send in the feminists

It’s time to send in the feminists

In the aftermath of the U.S. Presidential election, it is hard to find the strength to adhere to our day-to-day work as  menstrual health advocates, champions, researchers, teachers, and etc. Some of us doubt that our work is relevant enough or urgent enough to matter in this historical moment. But of course it is. We are doing the deep tissue... read more
The Fifth Vital Sign: A grassroots movement towards menstrual cycle literacy

The Fifth Vital Sign: A grassroots movement towards menstrual cycle literacy

Guest Post by Kelsey Knight and Emily Varnam  For three months this year, Kelsey and Emily, a doula and nurse duo, traversed the United States by car offering free reproductive health classes in over 60 locations. They called the project The Fifth Vital Sign, and their mission is to use education as preventative care, encouraging individuals to make informed choices... read more
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
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