Interpreting Attitudes Towards Menstruation: Is Reproduction Central?

  • Sophie Laws


The writers quoted above include feminists and anti-feminists, rationalists and mystics — what they have in common is that they all attempt to explain cultural attitudes to menstruation by reference to the reproductive process. In their view, social behaviour around menstruation arises more or less directly from its place in biological reproduction. This is a very popular way of looking at menstrual etiquette, the one most people will draw on if pressed for an opinion about why people behave as they do.


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© Sophie Katherine Laws 1990

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