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On Female Body Experience“Throwing Like a Girl” and Other Essays$
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Iris Marion Young

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161922

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195161920.001.0001

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Menstrual Meditations *

Menstrual Meditations *

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(p.97) 6 Menstrual Meditations*
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On Female Body Experience
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Iris Marion Young (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195161920.003.0007

This essay examines the social oppression of women as menstruators in two major forms: the shame associated with menstruation that compels girls and women to conceal their menstrual events, and the misfit between women and public places such as schools and workplaces, which often refuse to accommodate women’s social and physical needs. Imagining away these injustices reveals not a glorious experience but a personal bodily process that causes many women some discomfort or annoyance some of the time. The process nevertheless carries emotional meaning for many women. The unfairness associated with the social response to menstruation is analyzed based on the accounts of women’s experience of menstruation derived from Simone de Beauvoir and contemporary feminist research. Mood and memory as menstrual events that mark a woman’s self-narrative are explored.

Keywords:   women, menstruation, shame, oppression, Simon de Beauvior, feminism

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