Category Archives: Attitudes to Menstruation in Society

Why doesn’t Wikipedia have any photos of menstrual fluid?

Below-right is a copy of the Diagram of Menstruation on Wikipedia’s “Menstruation” page. This is the closest Wikipedia gets to portraying “menstrual blood”. For some reason the blood is in the diagram is pink (not red). Wikipedia states that “menstrual … Continue reading

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Menstruation in the Sailor Moon TV Series

Elly Winters (from missdream.org) has a great post about the (lack) of menstruation in Sailor Moon, “The Invisible Red Thread: Menstruation in Sailor Moon”  (her article was also reblogged on Shojopower.com). She writes, “The lack of any mention of this physical … Continue reading

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Menstrual blood can stain mirrors

Back in the day, some people believed that menstruating women could stain mirrors simply by looking at them (such was the power of menstrual blood). The Secreta Mullierum [Secrets of Women], written circa 1300 stated: “If a woman has this … Continue reading

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Aristotle on Menstrual Blood

Aristotle viewed women as ‘deformed’ or unfinished males. The ‘normal human’ was seen as male, and females were lesser forms of this. This view carried itself across to theway Aristotle viewed menstrual blood (menstrual blood was seen as a lesser form of semen).

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Menstruation in the Ancient World

Ancient Egypt: Menstrual blood was treated ambiguously. It was generally considered to have a healing effect and was used for producing drugs for women. There is no evidence that menstrual blood was used as a remedy for men, and there … Continue reading

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The 9 Social Etiquettes of Menstruation

Norma O’Flynn did a qualitative study (published in 2006) about menstrual etiquette in society (Menstrual symptoms: the importance of social factors in women’s experiences). In her study, she found 9 rules of social behaviour concerning menstruation:

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Menstruation is not an Illness

I want to link to a wonderful post by Laura Busheikin about how menstruation shouldn’t be viewed as a illness or disorder in our society. I’ve included a few snippets of it below, but please check out her full post: Laura writes, “Here’s what we need … Continue reading

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Menstruating women wear white

According to a Google Image search on “menstruation” menstruating women wear white, sit on white beds, and stay in bed all day when they are in pain (you’ll never find them in the office):

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Menstruation Machine for Guys

How can women explain what period cramps feel like to a man? A new machine has been designed for men that simulates the painful cramps & bleeding associated with menstrual cramps. There has even been a music video made about it!

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Dictionary Definitions of Genitalia part 2

A 1987 study by Michael Willinsky compared definitions of ‘vagina’, ‘clitoris’ and ‘penis’ in eight North American high school dictionaries. He found that none of the eight definitions of ‘vagina’ mentioned either ‘sex’ or ‘copulation’ (in comparison, the terms ‘sex’ or … Continue reading

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