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First blood : a cultural study of menarche

Author: Sally Dammery
Publisher: Clayton, Victoria : Monash University Publishing, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : [International version]View all editions and formats
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What woman forgets discovering her first period? First Blood examines the ways in which women from various countries - India, Sri Lanka, England, the Philippines, Greece, Italy, Uganda, Indonesia, Fiji, Chile, Ukraine, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong - recall this moment of menarche and what it meant to them, their families, and their societies. What is the mystique of women's first blood? Blood is blood - or is it?  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Cross-cultural studies
Folklore
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sally Dammery
ISBN: 9781876924829 1876924829
OCLC Number: 951474280
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 207 pages)
Contents: Chapter 1: Of Blood and Bleeding; Chapter 2: The Shocked and the Sanguine; Chapter 3: Becoming Unclean; Chapter 4: A Rather Special Ceremony; Chapter 5: Menstrual Lore; Chapter 6: Concealing the Fact; Chapter 7: What Should Every Young Girl Know?; Chapter 8: From Menarche to Where?; Conclusion.
Other Titles: Cultural study of menarche
Responsibility: Sally Dammery.

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What woman forgets discovering her first period? First Blood examines the ways in which women from various countries - India, Sri Lanka, England, the Philippines, Greece, Italy, Uganda, Indonesia, Fiji, Chile, Ukraine, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong - recall this moment of menarche and what it meant to them, their families, and their societies. What is the mystique of women's first blood? Blood is blood - or is it? What is the history of menstruation, and does this history belong to women? Who created the meanings associated with menarche, and why? Are there marked cultural differences? Have meanings changed over time? First Blood answers these questions and investigates beliefs and traditions surrounding menarche, including the concepts of uncleanness, ceremony, secrecy, and lore still existing in many parts of the world. The influence of the sanitary hygiene industry is also explored, as is the role of the pharmaceutical industry in making menstruation optional.

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