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The Curse

Author : Karen Houppert
ISBN : 9781466813960
Genre : Social Science
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A provocative look at the way our culture deals with menstruation. The Curse examines the culture of concealment that surrounds menstruation and the devastating impact such secrecy has on women's physical and psychological health. Karen Houppert combines reporting on the potential safety problems of sanitary products--such as dioxin-laced tampons--with an analysis of the way ads, movies, young-adult novels, and women's magazines foster a "menstrual etiquette" that leaves women more likely to tell their male colleagues about an affair than brazenly carry an unopened tampon down the hall to the bathroom. From the very beginning, industry-generated instructional films sketch out the parameters of acceptable behavior and teach young girls that bleeding is naughty, irrepressible evidence of sexuality. In the process, confident girls learn to be self-conscious teens. And the secrecy has even broader implications. Houppert argues that industry ad campaigns have effectively stymied consumer debate, research, and safety monitoring of the sanitary-protection industry. By telling girls and women how to think and talk about menstruation, the mostly male-dominated media have set a tone that shapes women's experiences for them, defining what they are allowed to feel about their periods, their bodies, and their sexuality.

The Curse

Author : Karen Houppert
ISBN : 1861972121
Genre : Menstrual cycle
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A provocative look at the way our culture dealswith menstruation. The Curse examines the culture of concealment that surrounds menstruation and the devastating impact such secrecy has on women's physical and psychological health. Karen Houppert combines reporting on the potential safety problems of sanitary products--such as dioxin-laced tampons--with an analysis of the way ads, movies, young-adult novels, and women's magazines foster a menstrual etiquette that leaves women more likely to tell their male colleagues about an affair than brazenly carry an unopened tampon down the hall to the bathroom. From the very beginning, industry-generated instructional films sketch out the parameters of acceptable behavior and teach young girls that bleeding is naughty, irrepressible evidence of sexuality. In the process, confident girls learn to be self-conscious teens. And the secrecy has even broader implications. Houppert argues that industry ad campaigns have effectively stymied consumer debate, research, and safety monitoring of the sanitary-protection industry. By telling girls and women how to think and talk about menstruation, the mostly male-dominated media have set a tone that shapes women's experiences for them, defining what they are allowed to feel about their periods, their bodies, and their sexuality.

Girls In Power

Author : Laura Fingerson
ISBN : 079146900X
Genre : FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
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A consideration of menstruation in the lives of teenage girls—and in the lives of teenage boys.

Periods In Pop Culture

Author : Lauren Rosewarne
ISBN : 9780739170007
Genre : Performing Arts
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Periods in Pop Culture: Menstruation in Film and Television, by Lauren Rosewarne, investigates the portrayals of menstruation in film and television, spotlighting a paradox of a common bodily occurrence still causing controversy, fear, and offense. This is the first book to focus exclusively on media representations of menstruation and to undertake a comprehensive analysis of its depictions.

We Are Dancing For You

Author : Cutcha Risling Baldy
ISBN : 9780295743455
Genre : Social Science
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�I am here. You will never be alone. We are dancing for you.� So begins Cutcha Risling Baldy�s deeply personal account of the revitalization of the women�s coming-of-age ceremony for the Hoopa Valley Tribe. At the end of the twentieth century, the tribe�s Flower Dance had not been fully practiced for decades. The women of the tribe, recognizing the critical importance of the�tradition, undertook its revitalization using the memories of elders and medicine women and details found in museum archives, anthropological records, and oral histories. Deeply rooted in Indigenous knowledge, Risling Baldy brings us the voices of people transformed by�cultural�revitalization, including the accounts of young women who have participated in the Flower Dance. Using a framework of Native feminisms, she locates this revival within a broad context of decolonizing praxis and considers how this renaissance of�women�s coming-of-age�ceremonies confounds ethnographic depictions of Native women; challenges anthropological theories about menstruation, gender, and coming-of-age; and addresses gender inequality and gender violence within Native communities.

Making Sense Of Women S Lives

Author : Lauri Umansky
ISBN : 9781461608226
Genre : Social Science
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Making Sense of Women's Lives presents a wide range of writings about women's lives in the United States. Michele Plott and Lauri Umansky have drawn on their experiences as both students and professors to assemble the collection. Seeking to provide as full a sampling from a diverse and intellectually vibrant field as one volume permits, the editors have also chosen writing that makes an enjoyable read. A few of the selections here represent the undisputed 'classics' of the field. More of them constitute simply the works, drawn from academic and nonacademic sources alike, that could make a difference in understanding what it means to be female in America. Making Sense of Women's Lives is intended as the primary text in Women's Studies courses. With that usage in mind, Plott and Umansky have provided brief introductions to each article to help students understand the author's perspectives. Thought and discussion questions follow each selection. The book contains, as well, numerous "Flash Exercises"—suggestions for class exercises and activities. The editors have used these activities in their courses over the past decade, in conjunction with readings in this volume, and have found that the full complement of materials coalesces into an intellectually powerful introduction to Women's Studies. A Collegiate Press book

Capitalizing On The Curse

Author : Elizabeth Arveda Kissling
ISBN : 158826310X
Genre : Business & Economics
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Revealing how corporations capitalize on long-standing negative attitudes about menstruation to sell solutions for nonexistent problems, Kissling explores the profound gender bias inherent in--and reinforced by--the business of menstruation.

The Menstrual Cycle And Adolescent Health

Author : Catherine M. Gordon
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131963758
Genre : Medical
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This volume features the results of a meeting held at the National Institutes of Health to advance the goals of having the menstrual cycle accepted and understood as a marker of general health in adolescent girls and defining a related research agenda. Specific topics covered in the volume include: (1) normal processes of the adolescent menstrual cycle, including menarche, the psychology of puberty, and cultural perceptions and practices surrounding menarche; (2) disease processes and the adolescent menstrual cycle, including genetic mechanisms of amenorrhea, Turner syndrome, FMR1 premutation, galactosemia, disorders of sexual differentiation, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, chronic disease, chemotherapy, autoimmune oophoritis, premature ovarian failure, and polycystic ovary syndrome; (3) bridging normal and abnormal processes, including amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, adolescent antecedents to adult reproductive disorders, bone health, and HRT in the adolescent; (4) modern dilemmas and the adolescent menstrual cycle, including developmental delay, obesity, exercise–induced amenorrhea, eating disorders, stress–induced amenorrhea, and amenorrhea induced by medications; (5) the synthesis of the volume consisting of a contribution on the transition to adulthood.NOTE: Annals volumes are available for sale as individual books or as a journal. For information on institutional journal subscriptions, please visit www.blackwellpublishing.com/nyas . ACADEMY MEMBERS: Please contact the New York Academy of Sciences directly to place your order ( www.nyas.org ). Members of the New York Academy of Science receive full–text access to the Annals online and discounts on print volumes. Please visit http://www.nyas.org/MemberCenter/Join.aspx for more information about becoming a member

New Blood

Author : Chris Bobel
ISBN : 0813547547
Genre : Health & Fitness
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"Chris Bobel is a careful ethnographer, respectful of research participants, and while she clearly takes a stand on menstrual activism, she handily defends her proposition that feminism is `finding its balance between reliving its past and creating its future.' Bobel's work, which includes incisive analysis of how third-wave, activists incorporate and update tactics and strategies of the second wave, will be a welcome addition to the scholarship of feminism." Elizabeth Kissling, author of Capitalizing on the Curse: The Business of Menstruation New Blood offers a fresh interdisciplinary look at feminism-in-flux. For over three decades, menstrual activists have questioned the safety and necessity of feminine care products while contesting menstruation as a deeply entrenched taboo. Chris Bobel shows how a little-known yet enduring force in the feminist health, environmental, and consumer rights movements lays bare tensions between second and third-wave feminisms and reveals a complicated story of continuity and change within the women's movement. Bobel focuses on debates central to feminist thought (including the utility of the category "gender") and the challenges to building an inclusive feminist movement. Filled with personal narratives, playful visuals, and original humor, New Blood reveals middle-aged progressives communing in Red Tents, urban punks and artists "culture jamming" commercial menstrual products in their zines and sketch comedy, queer anarchists practicing DIY health care, African American health educators espousing "holistic womb health," and hopeful mothers refusing to pass on the shame to their pubescent daughters. With verve and conviction, Bobel illuminates today's feminism-on-the-ground---indisputably vibrant, contentious, and ever-dynamic.

Same Sex In Scripture

Author : Robert J. Geis
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131630951
Genre : Philosophy
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Scripture condemns various forms of sexual behavior-but not all. Same-Sex in Scripture identifies in Mt. 19:12 an acknowledgement by Christ of the person born without an impulse towards the opposite sex, and reasons that inasmuch as all creation is good (1 Gen. 31, 1Tim. 4:4) this individual in partnership with someone of the same sex, in following Christ's commands of love, has moral status in the Kingdom of Heaven. Geis argues the insufficiency of Nature as a criterion for sexual behavior given the many exceptions from which the criterion when applied to human sexuality suffers. Only Christ's unexceptioned commandment of love has the binding force salvific law requires. Same-sex behavior can comport with this law, just as heterosexual behavior, as is clear from the role Mt. 5:28 gives the heart in sexuality. It is a position that achieves the middle between the extremes of this contentious debat

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