MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Plastic Bodies: Women as malleable objects

Plastic Bodies: Women as malleable objects

SMCR member Emilia Sanabria digs deep into Brazilian attitudes and cultural approaches to women’s bodies in her book Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression in Brazil. Published by Duke University Press (2016), the book is described as follows: In Plastic Bodies Emilia Sanabria examines how sex hormones are enrolled to create, mold, and discipline social relations and subjectivities. She...
Women’s Reproductive Health journal explores postmenopausal hormone therapy

Women’s Reproductive Health journal explores postmenopausal hormone therapy

Free access to Women’s Reproductive Health, the journal launched by the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research in 2014, is available to all SMCR members. To become a member of the society or to obtain a subscription contact info@menstruationresearch.org.  For media, submission, and other inquires about the journal contact editor Joan C. Chrisler at jcchr@conncoll.edu.   Guest Post...
Exploring menstrual shame, embodiment, and the parameters of premenstrual distress

Exploring menstrual shame, embodiment, and the parameters of premenstrual distress

Concurrent sessions on Saturday, June 6th explore unique cultural experiences of menstruation and delve into the parameters of premenstrual distress at the 21st Biennial Conference of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research at The Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights, June 4-6, 2015, Suffolk University, Boston. Strekkja (stretch, flexible) Original artwork by Magdalena Margrét. Used with permission. Culture...
State of Wonder–Part 1: Wondering about missing menstrual mentions in literature

State of Wonder–Part 1: Wondering about missing menstrual mentions in literature

In her novel State of Wonder Ann Patchett explores, among many broad themes, the question: What if there were a drug women could take to extend menstruation and fertility into their seventies? Not evident on the dust jacket, this storyline grabbed the attention of this menstrual cycle advocate. Set mainly in the jungle of Brazil, the novel revolves around the...
Menstrual Marking

Menstrual Marking

The idea that animals (male animals, that is) mark territories with urine streams is well established, particularly in the case of dogs, wolves, and other similar breeds. It seems that men too (notably adolescent boys) engage in some sort of marking practices when it comes to failure to flush urinals or toilets in public (and sometimes domestic) facilities. A story...

Coming off Depo-Provera can be a woman’s worst nightmare

re-blogging re:Cycling In celebration of our fifth anniversary, we are republishing some of our favorite posts. This post by Laura Wershler originally appeared April 4, 2012, and has received nearly 600 comments. To avoid confusion, we have closed comments on this re-post.   Need proof that women are sometimes desperate for information and support when it comes to quitting...
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