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New Blood: Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation

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"New Blood" offers a fresh interdisciplinary look at feminism-in-flux. For over three decades, menstrual activists have questioned the safety and necessity of feminine care products while contesting menstruation as a deeply entrenched taboo. Chris Bobel shows how a little-known yet enduring force in the feminist health, environmental, and consumer rights movements lays bar ...more
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Whitney
Great thorough analysis of third wave feminism's branches of feminist-spirituality and the radical menstruation movement. I found the feminist history portion to be particularly enlightening. If there were more information available about the dangers of traditional femcare to back up claims by both groups, that would be wonderful. Unfortunately, most of the data either doesn't exist or is plagued by conflict of interest.

I didn't appreciate some of the tone used when talking about the feminist-s
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Perihan Aslı
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is a good start for anyone who has a willingness to find out people who are trying to build a different approach to menstruation. It goes parallel to the famous saying “the personal is political” when we dare to talk on menstruation. I really admired what radical menstruators insisted on and tried to achive but besides the limitedness of the inquiry in color or gender, they seemed me lacking to reach younger menstruators, whom thoughts on menstruation are newly shaping and important to be foc ...more
Bridget
Jul 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"When women ignore their bodily processes or, worse, recognize them merely as problems whose solutions are available only through consumerism, internalized oppression takes over. I am suggesting not that detachment from the body - from what Adrienne Rich calls "its bloody speech" - is women's fault, but that when women participate in the silences around menstruation, they allow others to speak for them. Today it is rarely women who define the meaning of their bodily processes and take self-direc ...more
Karen
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I appreciated that the author tried to present the various activist groups in their own terms yet also pointed out their shortcomings. Some aspects of the book felt like just musings, like her thoughts about why menstruation activists are overwhelmingly white or her quest to find out what trans men or women think of menstruation activism. Since she was inconclusive on these topics, it felt like she could've given them a bit less space. Also, she really does not know how to talk about trans peopl ...more
Penelope
This such a great, important book. Bobel does an excellent job of contextualizing her subject and examining it from all angles. I appreciate that she confronted transgender and race issues and how they fit into menstrual activism (and feminism more broadly). Her writing on those topics comes across as very authentic and candid; she admits her own faults as a researcher, but also defends her position and posits interesting questions. The book is well researched and well written. Bobel's writing i ...more
Luise
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: feminist theorists & historians
Recommended to Luise by: Jean Humez
Very lively and well written, the book helped me understand the connections between second and third wave feminism better than before, as well as the connections between "difference feminists" and "queer feminists".
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