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SMCR Member Profile: Researching menstruation and menopause in the workplace

SMCR Member Profile: Researching menstruation and menopause in the workplace

Lara Owen, HDR Candidate, Department of Management, Monash Business School, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia Lara Owen has a background in Chinese medicine specializing in the treatment of women. Currently, she is researching menstruation in organizations and society as an HDR (Higher Degree by Research) candidate. When and why did you join the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research? I joined SMCR... read more
SMCR Member Profile: Studying reproductive transitions within sociocultural contexts

SMCR Member Profile: Studying reproductive transitions within sociocultural contexts

Heather Dillaway, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Wayne State University When and why did you join the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research? I joined in spring 2004 and attended my first SMCR conference in 2005 in Boulder, CO. As a fairly new Assistant Professor I had submitted an article-length manuscript from... read more
The vagina as muse to technological innovation: SMCR Weekend Links 

The vagina as muse to technological innovation: SMCR Weekend Links 

Menstrual and vaginal health has been no stranger to innovation, especially when it comes to technology. For years, technology has played a major role in the health, wellness and pleasure of female reproductive anatomy. Many of these innovations have made the lives women (and men) better. The Memo highlights some of the greatest technological advances thus far. From sex toys... read more
MILITARY MENSES: “You don’t wanna mess with this”

MILITARY MENSES: “You don’t wanna mess with this”

Four soldiers blast menstrual myths surrounding women in the military Questions about women’s “fitness” to engage in a vast array of activities as determined by their menstrual cycles have long been a hotly debated topic. Recently, as the US military establishment–the Pentagon–held formal hearings on the question of whether or not women should be assigned to combat roles in the... read more
Weekend Links: Our favourite Olympian, menstrual taboos and menopause revisited

Weekend Links: Our favourite Olympian, menstrual taboos and menopause revisited

Headlines about menstruation have certainly been on the rise in 2016, but is the taboo surrounding such a natural process really diminishing? Thanks to social media, more people are talking about menstruation, but there are still others who continue to perpetuate the stigma. This positive and negative discourse has situated menstrual talk in an interesting state of fluidity (pardon the... read more

Diagnostic Tampons, Fertility Tourism, and other Weekend Links

New menstrual media and technology made headlines with the following: “Bathroom Sculpture” by Jena Tegeler What is your menstrual-quantified self trying to tell you? Next Gen Jane is hoping to help women find out. The company is developing a diagnostic tampon that will collect menstrual blood for testing which, if successful, will eliminate the need for surgery and routine... read more
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