MENSTRUATION MATTERS

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....
An Uncharted Territory: Marriage Manual and Menstrual Sex

An Uncharted Territory: Marriage Manual and Menstrual Sex

A previous post, The Subject of Sneers or Jests: Menstrual Education in the Service of Racism, examined the confluence of eugenic notions that conflated the effects of environmental factors like clothing, alcohol, and masturbation with heredity and health as expressed in a 1913 sexual health manual sponsored by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, What Every Young Woman Ought to...
Diary of a Mad Menstrual Metaphor

Diary of a Mad Menstrual Metaphor

In 1967 a new novel, Diary of a Mad Housewife by Sue Kaufman, struck a chord with Boomer Generation women, the post-war era’s cohort who were already the subject of Betty Friedan’s 1963 The Feminine Mystique and who are characterized today in TV’s Mad Men. The novel became a best seller and shortly received a successful film treatment in...

A Quiet Celebration of the Horny Menstruator

Guest Post by Lauren Rosewarne Courtney Cox shocked America in 1985 when she became the first person to say “period” on TV. Period, at least, in the context of menstruation and not punctuation.   Tampax, 1985-style   Flash forward a couple of decades and this year the same daring word (along with a couple of other doozies) ruffled a few...
Menstrual Considerations in Fifty Shades of Grey

Menstrual Considerations in Fifty Shades of Grey

SPOILER ALERT: Plot details in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy are revealed in this post. Second book in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Fine literary fiction it is not, but the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E.L. James can certainly claim to be libido-boosting storytelling. Deirdre Donahue at USA Today summarized the books’ appeal in 10 reasons...
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