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Freidenfelds, Lara, 1972-
The modern period : menstruation in twentieth-century America / Lara Freidenfelds
Alternate Title Menstruation in twentieth-century America
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2009
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  QP263 .F74 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Menstruation -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Menstrual cycle -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Feminine hygiene products -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Women -- Health and hygiene -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Physical Description 242 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-235) and index
Contents Before "modern" menstrual management : keeping secrets, wearing diapers, avoiding chills -- The modern way to talk about menstruation : education, the scientific narrative, and public discussion -- The modern way to behave while menstruating : changing health beliefs and practices -- The modern way to manage menstruation : technology and bodily practices -- Tampons : a case study in controversy
Review "The Modern Period examines how and why Americans adopted radically new methods of managing and thinking about menstruation during the twentieth century." "In the early twentieth century women typically used homemade cloth "diapers" to absorb menstrual blood, avoided chills during their periods to protect their health, and counted themselves lucky if they knew something about menstruation before menarche. New expectations at school, at play, and in the workplace, however, made these menstrual traditions problematic, and middle-class women quickly sought new information and products that would make their monthly periods less disruptive to everyday life." "Lara Freidenfelds traces this cultural shift, showing how Americans reframed their thinking about menstruation. She explains how women and men collaborated with sex educators, menstrual product manufacturers, advertisers, physical education teachers, and doctors to create a modem understanding of menstruation. Excerpts from seventy-five interviews - accounts by turns funny and moving - help readers to identify with the experiences of the ordinary people who engineered these changes."--BOOK JACKET

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