Society and Menstruation: A Lens to Look at Women Through, in 1904 and Today

  In 1904, German obstetrician Enoch Heinrich Kisch penned a book about woman’s sexuality, in which he discussed, among other things, menarche, menstruation, and menopause.  Recognized internationally, the book was soon translated into English by an American doctor, M. Eden Paul, in 1910. At the time of writing this book, Kisch was a professor of … More Society and Menstruation: A Lens to Look at Women Through, in 1904 and Today

Society and Menstruation: Native American Girls

  This post explores menarche and menstruation from the perspective of two Native American tribes, the Koyukon and the Lakota. The Koyukon live mostly in Alaska and the Lakota are centralized in South Dakota. Lise Klein Kirsis earned a graduate degree in social anthropology with a cross-cultural emphasis in birth, death and traditional medicine in … More Society and Menstruation: Native American Girls

Society and Menstruation: African American Girls’ Experience

To this point, our discussion of menstruation and American society has spoken in broad terms of “American women.” Though some posts have briefly touched on comparisons between male and female perspective, no distinctions have been made in regards to the racial diversity of women in the United States and comparisons of their experiences. As a … More Society and Menstruation: African American Girls’ Experience

Society and Menstruation: If (only) Men Could Menstruate

Upon opening my news feed on Wednesday, I discovered – to my utter amusement, admittedly – that Planned Parenthood has recently received tens of thousands of donations from one name: Mike Pence. Pence, an avid advocate of restricting women’s reproductive rights, now comprises more than 12 percent of donations. Many of the women who sponsored … More Society and Menstruation: If (only) Men Could Menstruate

Society and Menstruation: Ads in 1960’s Seventeen Magazines

In 1944, Seventeen launched as a magazine catered exclusively to teenage girls. As WWII was ending, America’s increasingly consumerism-driven society began to recognize teen girls as neither kids nor adults, but rather their own market group. Besides encouraging awareness of the world around them, Seventeen was a means to mediate between commercial businesses and the … More Society and Menstruation: Ads in 1960’s Seventeen Magazines

Society and Menstruation: An Unknown Story

The illustrious Walt Disney is remembered and celebrated for his classic fairytale films. Snow White, Cinderella, and other princesses are immortalized in the American cultural memory by his cartoon renditions of their stories. These stories, however, are also known for their tendency to portray an extremely limited vision of what the ideal girl is. Passivity … More Society and Menstruation: An Unknown Story

Society and Menstruation: The Horror of Bloody Mary

Society and Menstruation: The Horror of Bloody Mary Alan Dundes is known not only for his work as a folklorist, but for his trailblazing efforts to establish the study of folklore as a bona fide academic discipline. Using deconstruction methods of analysis, Dundes dissected the socio-psychological implications embedded in a wide range of materials, from … More Society and Menstruation: The Horror of Bloody Mary