Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation
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Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation

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by Elissa Stein, Susan Kim
     
 

ISBN-10: 031237996X

ISBN-13: 9780312379964

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

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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312379964
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
11/10/2009
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Title Page,
Introduction,
Chapter 1 - LANGUAGE,
Chapter 2,
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,
Bibliography,
Acknowledgments,
About the Authors,
Copyright Page,

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