Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruationby Elissa Stein, Susan Kim
Pub. Date: 11/10/2009
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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/i>/i>/b>
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 5th grade.
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.
As 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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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - LANGUAGE,
Chapter 3 - SO HOW DID WE GET HERE?,
Chapter 4 - HYSTERIA,
Chapter 5 - SEEING RED,
Chapter 6 - SEX AND RELIGION,
Chapter 7 - SOCIETY'S ROLE,
Chapter 8 - ADVERTISING,
Chapter 9 - THE SCENT OF A WOMAN,
Chapter 10 - SO NOW [YOU'RE A WOMAN!,
Chapter 11 - BACK TO BASICS,
Chapter 12 - WHEN GOOD PERIODS GO BAD,
Chapter 13 - HEY, IS IT GETTING HOT IN HERE?,
Chapter 14 - OUTSIDE THE BOX,
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This book is great for young girls and teens starting into their "period" years. There are facts and information I didn't even know about and I am 55 years old and in menopause. And by the way, the menopause info. is great. It is hard to look back on the early years of menstrual aids with anything but anquish and pain for all the women that put themselves through acidic douches and humiliation. Men, you didn't know any better then but thank god we women have finally seen the light and enlightenment in this area. I sas always curious what women did back in the day, and now I know. Thank you for this wonderful book and I hope we keep making some progress with "the flow:.
As someone who's ultimate goal is to specialize in women's wellness/healthcare and just as a woman, this book was amazing. This book gives historical context to a process that's an integral part of being a woman. Some parts were disturbing. Lysol to clean the vaginal area?!?!?!? Talk about misogynistic! Ouch!
Finally, a compendium of information about menstruation that is presented in a witty, accessible and entertaining way! Flow is a thoroughly researched, well-written and beautifully designed look at menstruation. It presents an historical context, societal constructs and the impact of advertising on the perception of menstruation over the decades. Its worth buying the book just to see the compilation of vintage ads alone! This book is perfect for any mom about to have "The Talk" with her daughter, for anyone who is interested in feminist thought (with an irreverent bent), or for anyone who enjoys having bizarre and fascinating information about a taboo subject. I, for one, plan to give this book as gifts this holiday season and I encourage everyone to do the same.