Positioning Periods: Menstruation in Social Context: An Introduction to a Special Issue

  title={Positioning Periods: Menstruation in Social Context: An Introduction to a Special Issue},
  author={Ingrid Johnston-Robledo and Margaret L. Stubbs},
  journal={Sex Roles},
The menstrual cycle is often conceptualized in the biomedical literature as a unidimensional, biological, and pathological aspect of women’s bodies and health. Feminist social science scholars recognize that the biological event of menstruation is experienced and perceived within a broader sociocultural context. The authors of articles in this special issue address the myriad ways menstruation is positioned within this social context, and the consequences for women’s well-being, cognitive… 
Understanding menstruation: Influence of gender and ideological factors. A study of young people's social representations
This research investigates social representations of menstruation. It analyses firstly how young Spanish people understand menstruation in their everyday lives. And secondly, it explores how gender
The Realities of Period Poverty: How Homelessness Shapes Women’s Lived Experiences of Menstruation
In this chapter, Vora focuses on the lived experiences of menstruation and homelessness. She offers an insight into the ways in which women experiencing homelessness understand and negotiate their
Adolescents' experiences of menarche and menstruation in disadvantaged schools in South Africa: a qualitative exploration
PurposeThis study explores how menstruation is perceived, experienced and navigated by school-going adolescent girls living in low-to-middle income settings in South Africa. Existing research from
Emancipatory Research: Then and Now
This discussion piece reflects on menstrual cycle research since the founding of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research in the context of contemporary research presented in this special issue of
Menstrual Knowledge and Taboo TV Commercials: Effects on Self-Objectification among Italian and Swedish Women
Despite menstruation being a physiological phenomenon in women’s life, social research has highlighted that there are still many taboos, also conveyed by advertising, which prevent an open discourse
Truth Scribbled in Blood: Women's Work, Menstruation and Poetry
Inspired by Helene Cixous's �The laugh of the Medusa�, this paper revisits a public uproar over menstruation in the workplace triggered by a statement from the CEO of New Zealand's largest body of
Becoming Female: The Role of Menarche Rituals in “Making Women” in Malawi
This chapter uses qualitative research methods to explore the role that menarche rituals play in making women in Malawi—specifically, the role that ritual and practice play in facilitating the
“It's Normal…Mom Will Be Home in an Hour”: The Role of Fathers in Menstrual Education
The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine fathers’ self-reports about their role in educating daughters and sons about menstruation. Through postings in online venues, 110 fathers were
‘Flower of the body’: menstrual experiences and needs of young adolescent women with cerebral palsy in Bangladesh, and their mothers providing menstrual support
Motivation for disability services in Bangladesh to account for the menstrual needs of young adolescent women with CP within service delivery is provided through strategies such as providing menstrual education and by embedding value in constructs such as ‘interdependence’.


Cultural Perceptions and Practices around Menarche and Adolescent Menstruation in the United States
  • M. Stubbs
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
  • 2008
The persistence of negative characterizations of the menstrual cycle as a feature of the current cultural context in which girls begin menstrual life in the United States is details and research on girls' current menstrual attitudes and experiences within this context is reviewed.
The Menstrual Mark: Menstruation as Social Stigma
In this theoretical paper, we argue that menstruation is a source of social stigma for women. The word stigma refers to any stain or mark that renders the individual’s body or character defective.
Lifting the curse of menstruation: toward a feminist perspective on the menstrual cycle.
  • R. Koeske
  • Sociology, Medicine
    Women & health
  • 1983
The defining features of the feminist and biomedical perspectives are discussed and an overview is offered of unexamined assumptions about women, the cycle, and the conduct of research which operate within modern scientific medicine.
Constructions of Femininity and Experiences of Menstrual Distress
ABSTRACT The purpose of this article is to explore the relationship between constructions of feminine gender identity and experiences of menstrual distress. Both quantitative and qualitative methods
Psychosocial aspects of selected issues in women's reproductive health: current status and future directions.
Analysis of psychosocial investigations of women's reproductive health, with a focus on selected aspects of menstruation, pregnancy and birth, infertility, and menopause, reveals substantial individual variability.
Menstrual Socialization, Beliefs, and Attitudes Concerning Menstruation in Rural and Urban Mexican Women
Around half of both urban and rural women were told that they were going to experience negative perimenstrual changes, and menstrual socialization affected the beliefs and attitudes concerning menstruation held by women as adults.
The Baby Boomers Meet Menopause: Fertility, Attractiveness, and Affective Response to the Menopausal Transition
The purpose of this study was to identify social factors that affect women’s concerns about menopause. Data from a sample of 1,037 baby-boomer women who took part in two waves of the Midlife in the
The Relationship Between Attitudes Towards Menstruation and Sexual Attitudes, Desires, and Behavior in Women
Women who had engaged in sexual relations with their current partner during menses were significantly more comfortable with menstruation, more aroused by romantic and unconventional sexual activities, and less sensitive to disgust.
Early adolescent girls' understanding of menstruation.
Sixth grade girls (N = 224) were queried about their preparation for and expectations about menarche, their parents' roles in preparation, and their understanding of the biological basis of
Normal and Natural, or Burdensome and Terrible? Women with Spinal Cord Injuries Discuss Ambivalence about Menstruation
Literature on women’s reproductive health experiences after spinal cord injuries (SCI) documents a temporary period of amenorrhea after women’s injuries. However, research is lacking on how women