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The curse : a cultural history of menstruation

Author: Janice Delaney; Mary Jane Lupton; Emily Toth
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1988.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. ed., 1st Univ. of ill. Press edView all editions and formats
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Aims to explore a range of hidden assumptions and attitudes about menstruation.

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Genre/Form: Trivia and miscellanea
Miscellanea
Miscellanées
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janice Delaney; Mary Jane Lupton; Emily Toth
ISBN: 0252012402 9780252012402 0252014529 9780252014529
OCLC Number: 15367167
Description: xv, 334 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Women in the closet: taboos of exclusion --
"Not tonight, dear": taboos of sex --
Putting her in her place: rites of the menarche --
Woman unclean: menstrual taboos in Judaism and Christianity --
Menstruation and medical myth --
Modern menstrual politics --
The menstrual process --
The first pollution: psychoanalysis and the menarche --
The storm before the calm: the premenstrual syndrome --
"What every girl should know" --
The monthly euphemism --
Red humor: the menstrual joke --
Periodic parade: menstruation in advertising --
Rags to riches: the menstrual products industry --
Menstruation goes public. The bleeding tower: menstrual themes in fairy tales --
Absent literature: the menarche --
The miracle of blood: menstrual imagery in myth and poetry --
Menstrual madness in drama and fiction --
From leeches to estrogen: the menopause and medical options --
Psychology and the menopausal menace --
"November of the body": the menopause and literature --
The menstrual hall of fame --
Moving the menses, or vicarious menstruation --
Escaping the monthlies --
Saignade: simulated menstruation in the male --
Cycles and rhythm in men --
Conclusion: Lifting the curse.
Responsibility: Janice Delaney, Mary Jane Lupton, Emily Toth ; with new afterwords by Mary Jane Lupton and Janice Delaney.
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