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Author Freidenfelds, Lara, 1972-

Title The modern period : menstruation in twentieth-century America / Lara Freidenfelds.

Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM BioMed  612.662 FREI    AVAILABLE
Physical description 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [229]-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.
Summary "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.
Subject Menstruation -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Feminine hygiene products -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Standard Number 2946132
ISBN 9780801892455 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0801892457 (paperback: alk. paper)