MENSTRUATION MATTERS

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...
Weekend Links: Our favourite Olympian, menstrual taboos and menopause revisited

Weekend Links: Our favourite Olympian, menstrual taboos and menopause revisited

Headlines about menstruation have certainly been on the rise in 2016, but is the taboo surrounding such a natural process really diminishing? Thanks to social media, more people are talking about menstruation, but there are still others who continue to perpetuate the stigma. This positive and negative discourse has situated menstrual talk in an interesting state of fluidity (pardon the...
SMCR Member Profile: Reducing menstrual stigma

SMCR Member Profile: Reducing menstrual stigma

Margaret L. (Peggy) Stubbs, Professor Emerita of Psychology, Chatham University, Pittsburgh PA Dr. Stubbs (front row, second from left) and her students challenge menstrual stigma. When and/or why did you join the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research? I’ve been a member of the Society since 1981 when I attended my first conference. I learned about the SMCR after I decided...

“A Bleeding Shame” on BBC Radio 4 tackles period taboos

“Being period positive means you understand how the menstrual cycle works, and if you have one, you can chart your own cycle. You aren’t afraid to ask questions about menstruation. It’s not being afraid to leak and not picking on people if they happen to leak during their periods.” SMCR member and Period Positive founder Chella Quint was interviewed recently...
Period positivity still has a way to go

Period positivity still has a way to go

Giuliana Serena critiques Newsweek’s period stigma cover story Note: This piece was first published on  MoontimeRising.com. It has been edited for length for this repost at Menstruation Matters.  I was pleasantly surprised and cautiously optimistic when I caught sight of the April 29, 2016 cover of Newsweek. It obviously got my attention. I’m elated, and a bit discombobulated,...
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