MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Plastic Bodies: Women as malleable objects

Plastic Bodies: Women as malleable objects

SMCR member Emilia Sanabria digs deep into Brazilian attitudes and cultural approaches to women’s bodies in her book Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression in Brazil. Published by Duke University Press (2016), the book is described as follows: In Plastic Bodies Emilia Sanabria examines how sex hormones are enrolled to create, mold, and discipline social relations and subjectivities. She...
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...
Depo Provera and menstrual management

Depo Provera and menstrual management

Melinda Gates speaking at the London Summit on Family Planning; Photograph courtesy Wikimedia Commons A few weeks back I did an interview with Leslie Botha regarding the distribution of Depo Provera to women in developing countries. Recently Leslie shared with me an email she received from someone working in a family planning clinic in Karnataka, India. He described how he...

Is the birth control pill a cancer vaccine?

I’d given up reading the comments on online articles for the good of my mental health when a small slip last week steeled my resolve. In response to an article exploring the arguments made by “birth control truthers” a concerned father decided to have his say, taking the defensive arguments put forward by those in opposition to these “truthers” to...
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