A History of Women''s Menstruation from Ancient Greece to the Twenty-First Century : Psychological, Social, Medical, Religious, and Educational IssuesMaterial type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Lewiston : The Edwin Mellen Press, 2012Edition: 1.Description: 1 online resource (186 p.).ISBN: 9780773411579.Subject(s): Menstruation -- Religious aspects -- History - -20th century | Menstruation -- Social aspects -- Greece -- History -- 20th century | Menstruation --Psychological aspects -- History -- 20st century | Women -- Health and hygiene -- History -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: A History of Women''s Menstruation from Ancient Greece to the Twenty-First Century : Psychological, Social, Medical, Religious, and Educational IssuesDDC classification: 612.6/62 | 612.662 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Title Page; Copyright Information; Dedication; Table of Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter 1- The Ancient Construction: The Classical Greek and Roman Period Through the Eighteenth-Century; The Classical Greek and Roman Period; Medieval Europe; Sixteenth-Century Through Eighteenth-Century Europe; Summary; Chapter 2- The Modern Construction: Nineteenth-Century Europe and America ; Medical Explanations of Early Menarche; Menstruation as Rationale Against Girl''s Education; Menstruation and Class Differences; Menstruation and Gynecological Surgery
The Early Psychiatric Management of MenstruationA Response to Medicine: Women''s Religious Reform; Menstruation and Food-Handling Restrictions ; Arguments Against Menstruation as Disability; Medical Explanations of Menstruation; Summary; Chapter 3- The Contemporary Construction: Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Europe and America; Decline in Menarcheal Age; Discovery of Hormonal Influence on Menstruation; Menstruation and Class Differences; Menstruation and the Education of Girls; Emergence of Commercially Produced Menstrual Products; Tampons and Toxic Shock Syndrome
Tampon Safety and Research ActPMS, Menopause, and the selling of Estrogen; The Ovulatory Revolution; Summary; Chapter 4- Implications for Education; General Educational Implications; Educational Implications of the Religious Construction; Educational Implications of the Medical Construction; Educational Implications of the Commercial Construction; Summary; Chapter 5- Summary, Recommendations, Future Research; Summary; Recommendations; Future Research; Refrences; Index
Hufnagel chronicles the historical inaccuracies in understanding menstruation which have contributed to viewing women as a 'second sex' and perpetuated feelings of shame. Her argument claims that only in the last few decades has science begun to fully understand the issue. Subsequent social and psychological treatment of menstruation in recent years has helped women to have an increased sense of comfort with their bodies. From Ancient Greece where Aristotle claimed that women were closer to animals, to contemporary misunderstandings about menstruation leading to increased acne, which was viewed as a sign of sexual immorality beginning with pubescence, the book tells the tawdry tale of women learning to accept themselves through successive scientific breakthroughs.
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