MENSTRUATION MATTERS

#MenstruationMatters to Newsweek

The menstrual advocacy movement splashes red all over the cover of Newsweek’s upcoming April 29, 2016 edition. The story by Abigail Jones–The Fight to End Period Shaming is Going Mainstream–published online April 20, 2016, continues the mad rush of period stories that prompted Cosmopolitan to declare 2015 the “year the period went public.” Chris Bobel, President...

Pursuing menstrual justice for women in prison

A Feminist Psychological Scientist’s Musings on Evidence-Based Menstrual Justice Advocacy By Tomi-Ann Roberts, PhD My research explores the relationships between sexual objectification, self-objectification and negative attitudes toward women’s bodily selves, including menstruation. Currently, I am working with a civil rights law firm to provide an expert report to a judge in a case involving dehumanizing, degrading treatment of incarcerated...
Exploring menstrual shame, embodiment, and the parameters of premenstrual distress

Exploring menstrual shame, embodiment, and the parameters of premenstrual distress

Concurrent sessions on Saturday, June 6th explore unique cultural experiences of menstruation and delve into the parameters of premenstrual distress 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. Strekkja (stretch, flexible) Original artwork by Magdalena Margrét. Used with permission. Culture...

Your Moment of (Menstrual) Zen

Every night Jon Stewart closes his DAILY SHOW with the sentence, “And now, your moment of Zen,” which is usually followed by a clip of some cable news program in which people say dopey or inane remarks. The purpose is to remind viewers of just how much stupidity is out there and the target is commonly self-inflated pundits on the...

Is Menstruation A Disability

re-blogging re:Cycling In celebration of our fifth anniversary, we are republishing some of our favorite posts. This post by Elizabeth Kissling originally appeared November 19, 2009. I think few people would consider menstruation per se a disability, with exceptions for menorrhagia and unusually painful periods. But I’ve been reading a bit in the field of disability studies lately, for both...
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