MENSTRUATION MATTERS

TV series “I Love Dick” takes on menstruation

TV series “I Love Dick” takes on menstruation

 “I Love Dick,” the provocatively titled new Amazon video series that premiered recently to considerable fanfare, joins the still small canon of films and TV programs taking on the topic of how sexual and social relationships are shaped by the presence of menstruation.  (Spoiler Alert: The following discussion includes details that might undermine a new viewer’s enjoyment of the...
Caitlin Moran writes about menstruation

Caitlin Moran writes about menstruation

Caitlin Moran is a prize-winning columnist for The Times of London where she has been publishing witty, pithy, and sometimes acerbic pieces about film, pop culture, politics and whatever random subject strikes her interest for the last 24 years. Unlike most regular columnists, she moves back and forth between light entertainment pieces and hard hitting op-ed material deftly. The closest...
The 7% “Man Tax,” the +/- Effects of Estrogen on the Brain, and other Weekend Links

The 7% “Man Tax,” the +/- Effects of Estrogen on the Brain, and other Weekend Links

When theory lends to practice and practice lends to activism Menstrual-related theories and research have long played a role in shaping how women’s bodies are perceived and how their behavior is explained. More often than not, by attributing a causal link between the menstrual cycle and behavior and/or appearance, negative stereotypes evolve. While theories and research may lend to negative...
Women comics taking on menstruation

Women comics taking on menstruation

It used to be that menstrual humor amounted to men making crass remarks about PMS and the world of stand up comedy was dominated by male performers. Well, not any more. In the last few years there seems to have been an explosion of young women comics doing stand-up and TV comedy.  Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Nicki Glazer, and a...
Heavy media menstrual flow

Heavy media menstrual flow

It seems we’ve reached a tipping point, as Malcolm Gladwell would put it, or perhaps a paradigm shift, as Thomas Kuhn might say, in the level of acceptance of menstrual cycle references in mainstream media. As re:Cycling demonstrated recently in the time line of coverage of the de-tax the period campaign that is ongoing around the world, there is an...
MENSTRUAL MISCHIEF: South Park Meets Judy Blume

MENSTRUAL MISCHIEF: South Park Meets Judy Blume

Note: Inspiration for the following observation came from research and writing done by a former student of mine, Bob Newman, whose thorough analysis of the menstrual elements in adult TV cartoons is the source of the critique. It is likely, at least for women who grew up from 1970 onward, that the most widely known menstrual reference in popular culture...
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