History/ hystery...

  • The myth of the 'irrational female'
  • Female hysteria
  • Gender myths
  • Menstrual politics

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Top 10 Menstruation Myths

Taboos prevent people from knowing, or feeling good about their own bodies, or seeking medical help when needed, and contribute to sex/ gender discrimination.

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A womb of one's own... part 1

The womb (aka uterus) is perhaps the most mysterious and politically divisive of all organs, inspiring both wonder and fear at its life-giving properties.

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Women's right to reason... part 1

The likely origins of the myth of the ‘irrational female’ and how it emerged alongside revolutionary political and medical movements in 17th Century England

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Irritable, not irrational!

This myth-busting post addresses the common, yet erroneous and sexist, idea that some, if not all, women become ‘irrational’, especially just before or during their period.

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A womb of one's own... part 2

The ‘wandering womb’ persisted in the medical imagination for thousands of years. In Medieval times, it became possessed by demons, and 'hysterical'…

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Women's right to reason... part 2

How the myth of the ‘irrational female’ evolved in 18th – 19th Century Europe, when new democracies were forced to decide if women were ‘able’ to become citizens

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Bio-illogical; the myth of the irrational female

Sexist societies imply that female humans are biologically ‘irrational’, and so cannot make decisions, hold power, or even know ‘what’s best’ for themselves.

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A womb of one's own... part 3

We gaze into the depths of the 'hollow' and 'empty' womb before trying to understand how a person might be able to ‘own’ their womb, once and for all.

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Women's right to reason... part 3

The final part of this International Women’s Day special blog describes how the myth of the ‘irrational female’ thus became medicalised

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The great unknown; medicines and the menstrual cycle

Most medicines have only been tested on men. Find out more about how this situation came about, and why it continues to be a problem.

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The historical origins of 'menstrual leave'

Menstrual leave originated in concerns about finding jobs for returning soldiers, post WWII protectionist workplace policies, and as beneficial for national fertility.

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