14 Oct

While I am not a woman, and will never have to endure the pain of menstruation (or the self-proclaimed relief it brings to the author) I have to say that the article was a rather witty yet powerful examination of the female menstrual cycle. The book the blogger brings up by Elissa Stein and Susan Kim entitled Flow: The Cultural Story Of Menstruation, seems to offer a very different look into the world of advertising and its relationship to the female period, while at the same time seeming to raise a very practical question as to why it is portrayed as so taboo in the media. In this blog, Lachresta Greco brushes upon a few of the chapters in the book, and in particular, mentions some rather shocking truths that the authors of the book stumbled upon in their research. For instance,  one of the shocking revelations the authors faced was the fact that “bloodletting came about to mimic menstruation, which was seen as a way to relieve the bodies of noxious blood”. In essense, what that notion says is that there is no discrepancy between relieving the body of “poisonous” blood,  and of the blood that comes out of a woman’s body during her period. I find this to be a gross misrepresentation of the female body and its inner workings, and do not understand how a clearly natural process which obviously happens on a consistent basis can be compared to deadly blood being released from a woman. The menstruation cycle is a natural occurrence, which happens with all woman, from every background, and for it to be chalked up to being the same as bloodletting seems to be an ignorant and narrow-minded assesment of what really happens with women and their bodies.

As far as the rest of the article is concerned, Greco draws away from the seriousness of the situation a bit, and instead, offers up her opinion that people should just “get over it”. I absolutely agree with her when she says that it is a natural occurence with woman, and that their shouldn’t be so much light shed on it because it is in fact, no a big deal. There is nothing strange or abnormal about a girl bleeding once a month, and our society really needs to understand that. Like Greco says, “all women bleed at some point in their lives”, so I keep her words in mind when I say to my the media and to anyone else reading this-lets move on, and from now on, call a spade a spade.

-Bryan McGarthy


4 Responses to “blog post # 1 REBEL GRLLL ITALIANA”

  1. ysamar October 14, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    I can’t believe that menstruation was even thought about being a compared to deadly blood. As a woman I feel that in a way its an insult. Women can’t help or control their menstruation and its part of nature, so why compare it to blood from the dead? Its saying menstruation is nasty, and I can understand that men don’t fully understand it and may think its gross but I agree with the article, GET OVER IT. It will always be in existence.

  2. darian12 October 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    I completely appreciate what you are saying especially from someone like you who doesn’t know what menstruation is and I couldn’t agree more with you. I think its ridiculous that the menstruation cycle could be compared to something so disgusting and inaccurate. I agree with your opinion that this person is be narrow-minded about what happens with a woman’s body. Society should just realize its something that happens and shouldn’t be so ashamed about it.

  3. dsapanaro October 15, 2010 at 5:24 pm #

    I really enjoyed reading your response because I completely agree with everyone you are saying, Bryan. I also think that since you are a male writing this, it sets an example for other men not to be so freaked out about a woman’s period. On a serious note, if it wasn’t for menstruation, we all wouldn’t be here.

  4. monicagarber1989 October 17, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    I really enjoyed reading your response as well. The menstrual cycle is part of the cycle of life and is necessary for a woman’s body. Although it isn’t something that most women look forward to every month, it’s part of our nature. I think that the ideas mentioned in “The Cultural Story Of Menstruation” are completely delusional and the author needs some serious mental help. I absolutely agree with Diana when she says that if it wasn’t for menstruation, we all wouldn’t be here.

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