The Cultural Story of Menstruation
St. Martin's Griffin
On Sale: November 10, 2009
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In this hip, hilarious and truly eye-opening cultural
history, menstruation is talked about as never before.
Flow spans its fascinating, occasionally wacky
and sometimes downright scary story: from mikvahs
(ritual cleansing baths) to menopause, hysteria to
hysterectomies—not to mention the Pill, cramps, the history
of underwear, and the movie about puberty they showed you in
Flow answers such questions as:
What’s the point of getting a period? What did women
do before pads and tampons? What about new drugs that
promise to end periods—a hot idea or not? Sex during your
period: gross or a turn-on? And what’s normal,
anyway? With color reproductions of (campy) historical
ads and early (excruciating) femcare devices, it also
provides a fascinating (and mind-boggling) gallery of this
complex, personal and uniquely female process.
irreverent as it is informative, Flow gives an
everyday occurrence its true props – and eradicates the
stigma placed on it for centuries.
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