This unique approach to the subject of menstruation, claims that women's feelings about their periods are shaped by men's attitudes and by the imposition of their views on women. Sophie Law's research covered men as lovers, fathers, husbands, doctors and "experts'. She suggests that men's attitudes to menstruation are inseperable from their ideas about women in general. These attitudes include the feeling that women are "naturally" inferior and that their problems may inconvenience men. Women are therfore prevented from creating their own meanings for bodily events, and are forced to observe the etiquette of silence. They are unable to have positive feelings about an undeniable aspect of being a woman. Sophie Laws is the author of "Seeing Red: The Politics of Premenstrual Tension" and "Living with Sickle Cell Disease".
Why does menstruation matter?; pollution, taboo and etiquette; "a sick joke" - male culture on menstruation; interpreting attitudes towards menstruation - is reproduction central?; menstruation and sexuality - new rules for old; gynaecology - one patriarchal mode of knowledge on menstruation; men's views of menstrual pain - a failure of empathy; mood change and the menstrual cycle - the meaning of premenstrual tension.
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 1st January 1991
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 10