Periods in Pop Culture: Menstruation in Film and Television

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Lexington Books, Jun 14, 2012 - Social Science - 268 pages
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Menstruation seldom gets a starring role on screen despite being experienced regularly by nearly all women for a good many decades of their lives. Periods in Pop Culture: Menstruation in Film and Television, by Lauren Rosewarne, turns the spotlight on period portrayals in media, examining the presence of menstruation in a broad range of contemporary pop culture. Drawing on a vast collection of menstruation scenes from film and television, this study examines and categorizes representations to unearth what they reveal about society and about our culture’s continuingly fraught relationship with female biology. Written from a feminist perspective, menstrual representations are analyzed for what they reveal about sexual politics and society. Rosewarne’s thorough investigation covers a range of topics including menstrual taboos, stigmas and fears, as well as the inextricable link between periods and femininity, sexuality, ageing, and identity. Periods in Pop Culture highlights that the treatment of menstruation in the media remains an area of persistent gender inequality.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Women Bleeding Secretly
7
2 Red Tents and Moon Lodges
39
3 The Curse of Eve
67
4 The Menstrual Mess
93
5 I Want to Suck Your Blood
121
6 Bleeding Out Proud
151
7 You Dont Know What Youve Got Til Its Gone
177
8 Where Have All the Menstruators Gone?
203
Conclusion
223
Media References
227
Bibliography
233
Index
247
About the Author
259
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Lauren Rosewarne is a lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

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