Beyond the Managed Body: Putting Menstrual Literacy at the Center

  • Chris Bobel


In this concluding chapter, I consider what lies outside MHM’s current discursive frames, including a link between menstrual health and reproductive justice and a privileging of local voices and local knowledges. I urge a reframe of the fundamental problem to focus more squarely on menstrual stigma and, accordingly, channel more resources to teaching menstrual literacy in what I call a 360-degree approach that engages not just the girl, as most MHM programs do, but family members, boy classmates, teachers, teacher trainers, community and religious leaders, health workers, government officials, NGOs, and product makers, as well as media, policy advisors, and funders. Quality menstrual health education, I argue, must be delivered by trained and trusted educators who teach the entire menstrual cycle as the fifth vital sign and gateway to embodied agency and decision-making across the lifespan.


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  • Chris Bobel
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  1. 1.Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality StudiesUniversity of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA

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