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

@article{JohnstonRobledo2013PositioningPM,
  title={Positioning Periods: Menstruation in Social Context: An Introduction to a Special Issue},
  author={Ingrid Johnston-Robledo and Margaret L. Stubbs},
  journal={Sex Roles},
  year={2013},
  volume={68},
  pages={1-8}
}
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… 
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Menstrual Knowledge and Taboo TV Commercials: Effects on Self-Objectification among Italian and Swedish Women
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Truth Scribbled in Blood: Women's Work, Menstruation and Poetry
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Becoming Female: The Role of Menarche Rituals in “Making Women” in Malawi
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“It's Normal…Mom Will Be Home in an Hour”: The Role of Fathers in Menstrual Education
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‘Flower of the body’: menstrual experiences and needs of young adolescent women with cerebral palsy in Bangladesh, and their mothers providing menstrual support
TLDR
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’.
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