MENSTRUATION MATTERS

A doc about birth control, #LiveTweetYourPeriod, and other 4th of July weekend links

Sweetening the Pill, the documentary Ricki Lake and Abby Eptsein are set to produce and direct, met it’s Kickstarter campaign goal on Friday, July 3rd, 2015, raising $119, 884 from 1750 backers to give the project the green light. The documentary was inspired by the book of the same name by SMCR member Holly Grigg-Spall. Lake and Epstein also...
Obvious Child: The Other Taboo

Obvious Child: The Other Taboo

 The recently released rom-com ‘Obvious Child’ has been discussed far and wide for its mature, sensitive and funny approach to the topic of abortion and yet I have not seen one comment on the fact that this movie also makes mainstream (and yes, funny) the topic of cervical mucus. In the opening scene stand-up comedian Donna (played by real-life comedian...

Are There Limits to Empathy?

Readers—I need your help! Next month, I will participate in a friendly debate at the Museum of Modern Art about Sputniko!’s provocative piece “Menstrutation Machine.” We’ve written about Menstruation Machine on re:Cycling before. In short, the metal device is equipped with a blood-dispensing system and electrodes that stimulate the lower abdomen, thus replicating the pain and bleeding of a...
In Honor of (a Sampling of) our Brave Menstrual Champions!

In Honor of (a Sampling of) our Brave Menstrual Champions!

The recent death of writer Doris Lessing led me to revisit her work a bit. * Author of more than 50 books as well as an opera, Lessing was brave. She spanned genres, refused to tow a singular ideological line and used her Nobel Prize moment to remind us that privilege shapes greatness as much, even more perhaps, than talent. ...

It Had to Be Done

Menstruation appears far more frequently film and television than you might think — Lauren Rosewarne recently identified more than 200 scenes in her study, Periods in Pop Culture. Other scholars, including David Linton, Chris Bobel, and me, have also written frequently about how menstruation is represented in media and pop culture. Certain themes recur, such ideas about...
House of (Menopausal) Cards

House of (Menopausal) Cards

(Spoiler alert: if you haven’t finished or intend to watch the show discussed here, you might wait to read this post until later.) The premises of the much-discussed new series House of Cards hosted on Netflix, are that no one in the world of politics can be trusted, that alliances are fragile, and that disaster looms at every...
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