MENSTRUATION MATTERS

The Blood They Cannot Show

re-blogging re:Cycling In celebration of our fifth anniversary, we are republishing some of our favorite posts. This post originally appeared July 2, 2009. As I’ve written elsewhere, entertainment media in the U.S. aren’t squeamish about showing us blood: gunshot wounds, horrific vehicle accidents, and surgical procedures can be seen in fictional narratives as well as nightly news. It’s...
The Enduring Menstrual Mystique of Carrie

The Enduring Menstrual Mystique of Carrie

David Linton and Saniya Lee Ghanoui Since its publication in 1974, Steven King’s story of a young girl whose telekinetic powers are activated by a humiliating menstrual experience has fascinated readers, movie goers, and theater audiences ever since. Now, with the release of a new film (recently out on DVD) treatment of the story by the director Kimberly Peirce (director...
That’s a Mangina: Or, Why the Masculine Menarche Film Narrative Matters

That’s a Mangina: Or, Why the Masculine Menarche Film Narrative Matters

Guest Post by Jenny Lapekas Screenshot from Superbad Many menstrual enthusiasts have become so invested in the menarcheal stories of adolescent girls, we can easily miss some intriguing film scenes that depict males’ experiences with blood as they make a difficult transition in their lives. While semen is often cinematically constructed as funny, menstrual blood remains offensive onscreen. The most...

It Had to Be Done

Menstruation appears far more frequently film and television than you might think — Lauren Rosewarne recently identified more than 200 scenes in her study, Periods in Pop Culture. Other scholars, including David Linton, Chris Bobel, and me, have also written frequently about how menstruation is represented in media and pop culture. Certain themes recur, such ideas about...
House of (Menopausal) Cards

House of (Menopausal) Cards

(Spoiler alert: if you haven’t finished or intend to watch the show discussed here, you might wait to read this post until later.) The premises of the much-discussed new series House of Cards hosted on Netflix, are that no one in the world of politics can be trusted, that alliances are fragile, and that disaster looms at every...
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