The Curse: Confronting the Last Unmentionable Taboo: Menstruation

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Macmillan, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 263 pages
The Curse examines the culture of concealment that surrounds menstruation and the devastating impact such secrecy has on women's physical and psychological health. But the hush surrounding menstruation makes it "impolite" to challenge such assumptions. Houppert argues that industry ad campaigns have effectively stymied consumer debate, research, and safety monitoring of the sanitary protection industry. By telling girls and women how to think and talk about menstruation, the mostly male-dominated media have set a tone that shapes women's experiences for them, defining what they are allowed to feel about their periods, their bodies, and their sexuality.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
PART ONE The Industry
11
PART TWO The Adolescent
49
PART THREE The Adult PMS the Scourge of the Nineties
139
PART FOUR Unlikely Prophets The Menstrual Counterculture
197
Conclusion
239
Notes
245
Acknowledgments
255
Permissions
257
Index
259
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KAREN HOUPPERT was a staff writer for The Village Voice for ten years, writing many cover stories on women and politics. She has contributed to a wide variety of publications, from Glamour, Redbook, and Self to Newsday, The Nation, and Salon. Her first book was The Curse,"" Houppert, a one time Air Force brat currently lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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