Blood Stories: Menarche and the Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary U. S. Society

Blood Stories: Menarche and the Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary U. S. Society

by Janet Lee
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415915465

ISBN-13: 9780415915465

Pub. Date: 08/28/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Blood Stories focuses on menarche as a central aspect of body politics in contemporary US society, emphasizing that women are integrated into the social and sexual order through the body. Using oral and written narratives of 104 diverse women, the authors address the central question of how menarche as a bodily event signifying womanhood takes

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Blood Stories focuses on menarche as a central aspect of body politics in contemporary US society, emphasizing that women are integrated into the social and sexual order through the body. Using oral and written narratives of 104 diverse women, the authors address the central question of how menarche as a bodily event signifying womanhood takes on cultural significance in a society that devalues women. Exploring issues of contamination and concealment and the sexualization of women's bodies that occurs at menarche, the authors emphasize how the politics of gender are negotiated on/through women's bodies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415915465
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Menarche and Body Politics1
1Bodies and Blood13
2Women Re-membering Firstblood37
3Contamination and Concealment59
4(Hetero)Sexualization85
5Intricate Relationships111
6Older Women's Bodily Histories141
Conclusion: Consciousness and Resistance167
References183
Index199

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