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Girls in Power: Gender, Body, and Menstruation in Adolescence / Edition 1

Girls in Power: Gender, Body, and Menstruation in Adolescence / Edition 1

by Laura Fingerson


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ISBN-13: 9780791469002
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 08/28/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Laura Fingerson is an independent scholar, who received her PhD in Sociology from Indiana University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Menstruation is...
Salient Body Experiences
The Teen Participants
The Interviewers
Analysis of the Data
Organization of This Book
Negative and Ambivalent Experiences     15
Concealment and Shame
The Horrors of Leaking
"Why I Never Carry a Purse"
The Body as Actor
What If It Gets Stuck?
Tampax Ads in a Room Full of Boys
The Checkout Boy
"Surfin' the Crimson Wave"
"It's Not a Big Deal"
Cultural Contexts     39
Cultural History of Menstruation
Concealment and Hygiene
Contemporary Views and Advice
Historical Context of Health and Medicine
The Family
Media, Advertising, and Merchandising
Medicalization and Gender Politics of the Body     57
Medicalization of Menstruation
Fifth-Grade Health Class
Menstruation as a Reproductive Issue
What About the Blood?
Every Single Month Forever and Ever
Menstrual Suppression?
The Value of Female Bodies
What If Men Could Menstruate?
Understanding Gender
Living in Our Bodies
Girls in Power     83
Agency and Power
Creatively Responding to Dominant Social Norms
Forging Connections
"I Don't Think Boys Could Handle It"
Menstruation Is Social
Getting "It"
Stories and Supportive Talk
What's Normal
How Embarrassing!
But Adults Don't Talk This Way!
Interviewing in Community Groups
Isn't Menstruation a Personal Event?
"We Should Just Create a Women's Store"
Boys' Responses     111
Knowledge Is Power
Blaming Menstruation
"Grossing Them Out"
Menstruation as a Sexual Issue
Boys' Jokes
Who Has the Power?
Embarrassing and Teasing Girls
Girls' Advantages
Expressing Power: Second and Third Wave Feminism
Potential for Manipulation
Alternate Responses by Boys
"My Friend Kristin Explained..."
Beef Jerky
Conclusion: Bodies in Interaction     145
The Teens' Concluding Thoughts
Different Interpretations
Social Interactions and Gendered Power
Menstrual Celebrations
Reflections on Research Methods
Participants in Individual and Group Interviews     157
Interview Guides     161
Individual Interviews
Group Interviews
Notes     169
References     177
Index     187

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