“Can You Imagine?” Making the Case for a Bloody Crisis

  • Chris Bobel


This data-rich chapter digs into MHM’s problem frames that establish the menstrual body as precarious if not contained and concealed through management of the body. MHM advocates establish the urgency of this problem by making two main claims: (1) girls are getting sick, and (2) girls are missing, even dropping out of, school. I scrutinize the bases of these claims and find they largely lack solid evidence, often relying on anecdote, exaggeration, and poor citational practices. Operating in a competitive arena with limited resources and rooted in assumptions about life in the Global South and the comparative superiority of Western standards of embodiment, MHM responds to these pressures by intervening first and asking questions later.


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  • Chris Bobel
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  1. 1.Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality StudiesUniversity of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA

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