Hey you! In Theory's back for Season 2 and we're taking on menstruation! Ever wondered why we have periods? (No really - WHYYYYY??? <cramping pain>) We've got answers for you! Turns out that menstruation is full of theory to be unpacked. This week we discuss menstrual taboos across cultures, how creative tactics can help people survive oppressive systems, Maria's dream mechanical womb, and gab about the First Moon Party you never had. This isn't just for ladies--come one, come all and surf the crimson wave with us!
Links to Stuff We Talk About
Thomas Buckley & Alma Gottlieb. Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation (1988). http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520063501
Michel de Certeau. The Practice of Everyday Life (1984). http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520271456
Natalie Angier. "Radical New View of Role of Menstruation." The New York Times. September 21, 1993. http://www.nytimes.com/1993/09/21/science/radical-new-view-of-role-of-menstruation.html?pagewanted=all
Lauren McGuire. "The Pill and the invention of the monthly cycle." Sociological Images. December 4, 2015. http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2015/12/04/the-pill-and-the-invention-of-the-monthly-cycle/
Shreya Dasgupta. "Why do women have periods when most animals don't?" BBC News. April 20, 2015. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150420-why-do-women-have-periods
last year's amazing #happytobleed campaign in India :: the First Moon Party you never had :: new products that are leveraging a body positive view of periods in their marketing: Helloflo / Thinx / DearKate / Lola