A BLOODY FIGHT: AN OVERVIEW OF MENSTRUAL ACTIVISM

Author's Name: Rosemaria Regy Mathew
Subject Area: Social Science and Humanities
Subject Other
Section Research Paper

Keyword:

Feminist- spiritualist, cultural feminism, body literacy, radical menstruators, corporate control.


Abstract

Menstruation is an event which is intrinsic to the feminine consciousness and a healthy attitude with respect to menstruation is of great significance for a complete female liberation. Although women are now much more educated and self- reliant than in any other era in history, menstruation is still a matter of shame, embarrassment and secrecy for many. The paper gives a brief summary of the origin and development of menstrual activism. It explicates the two major branches of menstrual activism as discussed by Chris Bobel, in her work New Blood: Third- Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation (2010). The two dominant wings of menstrual activism are (a) feminist- spiritualists and (b) radical menstruation activists. Menstrual activism emerged in the 1970s and it attacks menstrual stigma and the dominant cultural and social narrative of menstruation. It is one of the latest and least known developments in feminist studies and few are aware of the theoretical developments in this field.

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