MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Judy Blume’s Women Bleed

Judy Blume’s Women Bleed

David Linton on how novelist Judy Blume incorporates menstruation into the lives of her characters The author Judy Blume broke the menstrual barrier back in 1970 with the publication of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, one of the most memorable and influential books (along with Steven King’s Carrie) to include specific references to the period. In...
TO SIR, WITH LOVE (but not for the period)

TO SIR, WITH LOVE (but not for the period)

The death of To Sir, With Love author E.R. Braithwaite, prompts David Linton to critique the iconic menstrual-pad-burning scene Sadly, not every novelist who has included menstrual references in the stories being told has done so in a positive, or even a neutral, fashion. In fact, in some cases the negative, stigma-ridden nature of such elements has been, at least...
New poetry about the female body from Sharon Olds

New poetry about the female body from Sharon Olds

Surely our most probing and productive poet, especially when it comes to the period and what was once coyly called “the pudenda,” is Sharon Olds. Her latest paeans to the parts of women occur in her 2016 collection simply titled, Odes. The book was recently reviewed in the New York Times with Olds referred to in the headline as...
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....
SMCR Member Profile: Examining the “menstrual transaction”

SMCR Member Profile: Examining the “menstrual transaction”

David Linton, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Marymount Manhattan College When and/or why did you join the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research? As a scholar of communication and symbolic meaning, the social/cultural construction of the menstrual cycle is the most interesting human phenomenon I have every studied. And there is no other organization that provides better access to other researchers and scholarship...

Writing Menopause, An Anthology: Preview #1

Writing Menopause, a diverse literary collection about menopause to be published in the spring of 2017 by Inanna Publications, was first introduced to the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research in a session presented at our June 2015 biennial conference in Boston. The anthology includes about fifty works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, interviews, and cross-genre pieces from contributors across...
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