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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415915465
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Lee is Associate Professor and Director of Women's Studies at Oregon State University. Jennifer Sasser Coen is a doctoral candidate and instructor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Menarche and Body Politics 1
1 Bodies and Blood 13
2 Women Re-membering Firstblood 37
3 Contamination and Concealment 59
4 (Hetero)Sexualization 85
5 Intricate Relationships 111
6 Older Women's Bodily Histories 141
Conclusion: Consciousness and Resistance 167
References 183
Index 199
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