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Menstruation: A Cultural History
Ranging from Aristotle to twentieth-century gynecology, contributions to this volume trace the semiotics of menstruation from magical act to evolutionary deficiency. The result is the first comprehensive historical study of how menstruation has been understood within various cultural traditions, with reference to political and social institutions, and medical and religious ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published December 10th 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan
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The articles in this collection were fascinating to me. The following ideas stood out. The idea that women are weaker than men because they can't control/hold in menstrual flow. The idea that women don't provide any life-giving substances to the process of procreation but just a home to male sperm which is the life-giving substance. The idea that the look of a menstruating woman can cause leprosy or disfigurement. The idea that girls should never talk about menstruation and sex but that they sho ...more