The Museum of Menstruation

The
Museum of Menstruation,
Web site review by Julie
Madsen
The politics of douching, the first tampons distributed in America,
turn-of-the-century product ads, early hygiene methods, and the
public’s ever-evolving opinions about that subject of many
euphemisms–the menstrual period. You’ll find all of it at the
Museum of Menstruation, which aims to educate and
even celebrate what women have been expected to conceal and even
deny about their biological cycles. The museum’s artifacts range
from the laughable to the shocking, and say much about society’s
expectations of women throughout the centuries. You can also read
from a forum of women’s own thoughts about menstruation, such as
whether or not they would stop it if they could and how they feel
about pressures to ‘be discreet’ about that time of the
month.
–Julie Madsen
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