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First Blood: A Cultural Study of Menarche

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posted on 18.08.2020, 23:42 by Sally Dammery
What woman forgets the moment of discovering her first period? The shock? Fear? Panic? Loathing? Embarrassment? Pride? Happiness? First Blood examines the ways in which women from countries as diverse as India and Sri Lanka, England, the Philippines, Greece, Italy, Uganda, Indonesia, Fiji, Chile, Ukraine, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong, recall this moment of menarche and what it meant to them, their families, and their societies. What is the mystique of women’s first blood? Blood is blood – or is it? What is the history of blood, particularly women’s blood, and does this history belong to women? Who created the meanings associated with menarche, and why? Are ideas basically the same for every woman or are there marked cultural differences? Have meanings changed significantly over time and if they have, why? First Blood answers these questions and investigates beliefs and traditions surrounding menarche, including the concepts of uncleanness, of ceremony, of secrecy, and lore still existing in many parts of the world. The influence of science and technology in the development of the sanitary hygiene industry is traced, together with the role of the pharmaceutical industry in making menstruation an optional event.

Funding

Title made available open access thanks to the generous support of the Knowledge Unlatched project.

History

Paperback ISBN

9781925377040

e-PDF ISBN

9781925377057

e-pub ISBN

9781876924829

Knowledge Unlatched ISBN

9781876924836

Pages total

224

Size

234mm x 153mm

Series

Cultural Studies

Publisher

Monash University Publishing

Print publication date

1/03/2016