Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-l
  2. Menstruation as Fundamental

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Inga T. Winkler
      Pages 9-13 Open Access
    3. Annie McCarthy, Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
      Pages 15-30 Open Access
    4. Tova Mirvis
      Pages 131-135 Open Access
    5. Deepthi Sukumar
      Pages 137-142 Open Access
    6. Alma Gottlieb
      Pages 143-162 Open Access
    7. Edited by Trisha Maharaj, Inga T. Winkler
      Pages 163-174 Open Access
  3. Menstruation as Embodied

  4. Menstruation as Rationale

  5. Menstruation as Structural

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 467-467
    2. Inga T. Winkler
      Pages 469-473 Open Access
    3. Swatija Manorama, Radhika Desai
      Pages 511-527 Open Access
    4. Jennifer Weiss-Wolf
      Pages 539-549 Open Access
    5. Stella Nyanzi
      Pages 551-559 Open Access
    6. Rachel B. Levitt, Jessica L. Barnack-Tavlaris
      Pages 561-575 Open Access
    7. Libbet Loughnan, Thérèse Mahon, Sarah Goddard, Robert Bain, Marni Sommer
      Pages 577-592 Open Access
    8. Marianne Tellier, Alex Farley, Andisheh Jahangir, Shamirah Nakalema, Diana Nalunga, Siri Tellier
      Pages 593-608 Open Access

About this book


This open access handbook, the first of its kind, provides a comprehensive and carefully curated multidisciplinary genre-spanning view of the state of the field of Critical Menstruation Studies, opening up new directions in research and advocacy. It is animated by the central question: ‘“what new lines of inquiry are possible when we center our attention on menstrual health and politics across the life course?” The chapters—diverse in content, form and perspective—establish Critical Menstruation Studies as a potent lens that reveals, complicates and unpacks inequalities across biological, social, cultural and historical dimensions. This handbook is an unmatched resource for researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and activists new to and already familiar with the field as it rapidly develops and expands.


Critical Menstruation Studies gender inequality menstrual activism menstrual discourses menstruation and sexuality menstrual health menstrual justice politics of menstruation Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Chris Bobel
    • 1
  • Inga T. Winkler
    • 2
  • Breanne Fahs
    • 3
  • Katie Ann Hasson
    • 4
  • Elizabeth Arveda Kissling
    • 5
  • Tomi-Ann Roberts
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesUniversity of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA
  2. 2.Institute for the Study of Human RightsColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Women and Gender Studies & Social and Cultural AnalysisArizona State UniversityGlendaleUSA
  4. 4.Center for Genetics and SocietyBerkeleyUSA
  5. 5.Women’s & Gender StudiesEastern Washington UniversityCheneyUSA
  6. 6.Department of PsychologyColorado CollegeColorado SpringsUSA

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