Blood Stories: Menarche and the Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary U.S. Society

1st Edition

Janet Lee, Jennifer Sasser-Coen

Routledge
Published August 27, 1996
Reference - 208 Pages
ISBN 9780415915472 - CAT# RT1463

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Summary

Blood Stories focuses on menarche as a central aspect of body politics in contemporary US society, emphasizing that women are integrated into the social and sexual order through the body. Using oral and written narratives of 104 diverse women, the authors address the central question of how menarche as a bodily event signifying womanhood takes on cultural significance in a society that devalues women. Exploring issues of contamination and concealment and the sexualization of women's bodies that occurs at menarche, the authors emphasize how the politics of gender are negotiated on/through women's bodies.

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