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Menstruation and Religion: Women’s Meaning-Making and Agency in the Hindu Community in Trinidad

"Happy Diwali" by Shrini Photography is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Trisha Maharaj Growing up, I often spent summers in Trinidad with relatives, and I had the opportunity to do so again in 2018. During that time, I spoke to women in several temple communities about their menstrual practices. I was curious to learn how they think about menstruation and … Continue reading Menstruation and Religion: Women’s Meaning-Making and Agency in the Hindu Community in Trinidad

What about the boys? Evaluating boys’ teasing behaviors and perceptions of menstruation in Tanzania

By Anja Tolonen and Dani Stoilova Growing awareness of the socio-cultural components of menstruation has revitalized reproductive health as a burgeoning gender-justice topic of interest. As a result, menstruation has been reestablished as a compelling area of study that is being investigated across academic disciplines. To date, most academic research has focused on women’s experiences … Continue reading What about the boys? Evaluating boys’ teasing behaviors and perceptions of menstruation in Tanzania

Menstruation is having its moment – Let’s turn it into a movement

Photo by Vulvani (http://vulvani.com) This article was originally published on December 21, 2020 on healthydebate.ca. The original article may be found here, authored by Inga Winkler. Scotland recently announced that it would tackle “period poverty” by providing free menstrual products to anyone who needs them, making it the first country to do so. Menstruation and the social … Continue reading Menstruation is having its moment – Let’s turn it into a movement

Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies Virtual Launch

On October 8th, 2020, the Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies officially launched during an online webinar, featuring comments by the handbook editors, selected contributing authors, and a live Q&A with audience members. https://youtu.be/GkLrBZKVOQw Lead handbook editor Chris Bobel kicked off the launch with an overview of the Handbook’s key features, which include: 1,000+ pages,72 … Continue reading Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies Virtual Launch

The Politics, Promises, and Perils of Data: Evidence-Driven Policy and Practice for Menstrual Health

By Inga T. Winkler, Chris Bobel, Lauren C. Houghton, Noémie Elhadad, Caitlin Gruer & Vanessa Paranjothy Graphic recording by @ConverSketch. Photo credit: Adrienne Pichon Data determine what we know about the menstrual cycle; they inform policy and program decisions; they can point us to neglected issues and populations. But collecting and analyzing data are complicated and … Continue reading The Politics, Promises, and Perils of Data: Evidence-Driven Policy and Practice for Menstrual Health

“I’m Not a Freshi”: Culture Shock, Puberty and Growing Up as British-Bangladeshi Girls

Most people wish to banish the awkwardness and confusion of puberty from their memories, but for Lauren Houghton, puberty has been the focus of her research for more than a decade. Fascinated by the opportunity it presented for biosocial inquiry, Lauren was struck by how few studies have taken a comparative biocultural approach. In a … Continue reading “I’m Not a Freshi”: Culture Shock, Puberty and Growing Up as British-Bangladeshi Girls

We’re proud to present… The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies

It has been said so often it is now cliché—“menstruation is having its moment!” But what is this moment actually about?  What are we talking about when we talk about menstruation? The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies invites the reader to explore menstruation from nearly every possible angle, including dimensions that you might not … Continue reading We’re proud to present… The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies

Menstrual stigma has stained society, and schools have done nothing to stop the leak

By Ilana Hamer  Ilana Hamer is a rising junior in the Joint Program with Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, studying Human Rights, Sociology, and Jewish Ethics. Outside of school, Ilana enjoys debating meaningful issues with her friends, teaching students at a synagogue in New York, and volunteering with Camp Kesem, a camp for children who … Continue reading Menstrual stigma has stained society, and schools have done nothing to stop the leak

The upsides of the forbidden birth control pill for unmarried women and girls

By Tasnia Shahjahan This op-ed was first published on BrownGirl Magazine on May 28, 2020. Tasnia Shahjahan is a graduate student in the Human Rights Studies program at Columbia University.  Her research explores violence against women, gender justice and legal advocacy, amongst South Asian communities. Beyond her academic career, she has worked as a domestic … Continue reading The upsides of the forbidden birth control pill for unmarried women and girls

#EmergingMenstrualVoices call for a bolder menstrual movement that’s radical, political, and holistic

Inga T. Winkler Judy Chicago, Red Flag, 1971, photo-lithograph, 20 x 24in. © Judy Chicago Bloody, bold discussions took center stage in January 2020, as a group of nineteen students and five instructors embarked on a semester-long exploration of menstruation through (almost) every possible lens. Concluding just before the world celebrates menstruation on May 28th, … Continue reading #EmergingMenstrualVoices call for a bolder menstrual movement that’s radical, political, and holistic