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Menstrual taboos: why is menstrual blood seen as dangerous?

Menstrual taboos exist in most cultures (most cultures view menstrual blood as potentially dangerous & place restrictions around it). In the past, Western (male) anthropologists held that such taboos existed because menstrual blood was seen as polluted and unclean. More recently, some female … 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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