Product review for The Curse: Confronting the Last Unmentionable Taboo: Menstruation
An intriguing look at the way our culture take care of menstrual cycle.
The Curse checks out the culture of concealment that surrounds menstruation and the damaging influence such secrecy has on females's physical as well as mental health. Karen Houppert combines reporting on the prospective safety issues of hygienic items– such as dioxin-laced tampons– with an analysis of the way ads, movies, young-adult books, and women's publications promote a "menstrual rules" that leaves women most likely to tell their male associates concerning an event than brazenly bring an unopened tampon down the hall to the washroom. From the very start, industry-generated instructional films delineate the criteria of appropriate behavior and instruct girls that blood loss is naughty, irrepressible proof of sexuality. In the process, confident girls discover to be uncomfortable teens.
As well as the privacy has also more comprehensive implications. Houppert says that industry advertising campaign have actually effectively put on hold customer dispute, research, and also safety tracking of the sanitary-protection industry. By informing ladies and females how to assume and talk about menstruation, the mostly male-dominated media have established a tone that forms ladies's experiences for them, defining what they are enabled to really feel concerning their durations, their bodies, and also their sexuality.