MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Culture, menstrual narratives, and the messy politics of reproductive freedom

Culture, menstrual narratives, and the messy politics of reproductive freedom

Two workshops explore the menstrual health/awareness and reproductive justice connection on Saturday, June 6th at  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. POLITICS IS A MESSY BUSINESS: Menstrual Health, Reproductive Health Advocacy, Human Rights and Justice Sharon L. Powell,...
How do women’s menstrual beliefs impact their contraceptive decision-making?

How do women’s menstrual beliefs impact their contraceptive decision-making?

I’m looking forward to chairing this panel presentation exploring the intersections of contraception and menstrual health beliefs on Friday morning, June 5th, 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.  The conference theme is Menstrual Health and Reproductive Justice: Human...
Menstrual suppression, regulation and metaphors

Menstrual suppression, regulation and metaphors

Four takes on Fertility Control 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 Image by Diana Álvarez Not A “Real” Period: Redefining Menstruation and Reconfiguring Birth Control Katie Ann Hasson, University of Southern California Menstruation, as a “natural” bodily process, seems...

State of Wonder–Part 2: Wondering about missing femcare products and birth control references

In State of Wonder–Part 1, I mused as to why, in a novel revolving around the extended menstruation and fertility of the Lakashi tribe, only the menstrual cycles of the Brazilian women being studied are made visible to the reader. Why does author Ann Patchett ignore the menstrual cycles of the novel’s protagonist, Marina Singh, or the other...
Depo-Provera and Fifty Shades of Grey—The Movie

Depo-Provera and Fifty Shades of Grey—The Movie

Dear Readers: The following post first appeared on July 25, 2012, during the media think-piece flurry over the soaring popularity of E.L James’s Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. With the movie opening on Valentine’s Day, 2015, I can’t wait to find out if or how Depo-Provera is referenced as the contraceptive choice made for heroine Anastasia Steele by ob-gyn Dr....
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