- The myth of the 'irrational female'
- Female hysteria
- Gender myths
- Menstrual politics
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.
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.
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
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.
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'…
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
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.