The Messy Politics of Menstrual Activism

Chris Bobel, Breanne Fahs

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In this chapter, Bobel and Fahs first describe a brief history of menstrual activism alongside its more recent iterations in both policy and radical social activism. They review the collective call to reduce stigma and shame around menstruation as part of the enduring project of loosening the social control of women’s bodies. The authors then turn to an analysis of menstrual humor, menstrual art, and menstrual activism today, respectively. This is followed by an examination of the hazards and possibilities of doing menstrual activist work, including politics of menstrual language and the trivializations and hostilities that can plague this work. Finally, Bobel and Fahs offer a politically charged outline for the future of menstrual activism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789811506147
ISBN (Print)9789811506130
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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