MENSTRUATION MATTERS

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
SMCR Member Profile: Reducing menstrual stigma

SMCR Member Profile: Reducing menstrual stigma

Margaret L. (Peggy) Stubbs, Professor Emerita of Psychology, Chatham University, Pittsburgh PA Dr. Stubbs (front row, second from left) and her students challenge menstrual stigma. When and/or why did you join the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research? I’ve been a member of the Society since 1981 when I attended my first conference. I learned about the SMCR after I decided... read more
Literary Menses in “Transgressions” by Sarah Dunant

Literary Menses in “Transgressions” by Sarah Dunant

A review of literary history might lead one to conclude that menstruation was a generally uncommon phenomenon, especially if one’s reading history was drawn from the work of male authors. Despite all their graphic sexual depictions, the women of Henry Miller, D. H. Lawrence, Ernest Hemingway, and a host of others never had to deal with having a menstrual cycle.... read more
SMCR Member Profile: Leading the way on menstrual activism research

SMCR Member Profile: Leading the way on menstrual activism research

Chris Bobel, PhD (Urban Studies, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee), Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies, University of Massachusetts—Boston Image of Chris Bobel by Lunette When and/or why did you join the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research? I gave a paper at a conference and in the Q &A, someone suggested I contact Elizabeth Kissling who was doing similar work. In... read more
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