Girls in power : gender, body, and menstruation in adolescence /

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Main Author: Fingerson, Laura, 1974-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:Albany : State University of New York Press, c2006.
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Table of Contents:
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Menstruation is...
  • Salient Body Experiences
  • The Teen Participants
  • The Interviewers
  • Analysis of the Data
  • Organization of This Book
  • 2. Negative and Ambivalent Experiences
  • Concealment and Shame
  • The Horrors of Leaking
  • "Why I Never Carry a Purse"
  • The Body as Actor
  • What If It Gets Stuck?
  • Tampax Ads in a Room Full of Boys
  • The Checkout Boy
  • "Surfin' the Crimson Wave"
  • "It's Not a Big Deal"
  • 3. Cultural Contexts
  • Cultural History of Menstruation
  • Concealment and Hygiene
  • Taboos
  • Contemporary Views and Advice
  • Historical Context of Health and Medicine
  • Schools
  • The Family
  • Media, Advertising, and Merchandising
  • 4. Medicalization and Gender Politics of the Body
  • Medicalization of Menstruation
  • Fifth-Grade Health Class
  • Menstruation as a Reproductive Issue
  • What About the Blood?
  • Every Single Month Forever and Ever
  • Menstrual Suppression?
  • The Value of Female Bodies
  • What If Men Could Menstruate?
  • Understanding Gender
  • Living in Our Bodies
  • 5. Girls in Power
  • Agency and Power
  • Creatively Responding to Dominant Social Norms
  • Forging Connections
  • "I Don't Think Boys Could Handle It"
  • Menstruation Is Social
  • Getting "It"
  • Stories and Supportive Talk
  • What's Normal
  • How Embarrassing!
  • But Adults Don't Talk This Way!
  • Interviewing in Community Groups
  • Isn't Menstruation a Personal Event?
  • "We Should Just Create a Women's Store"
  • 6. Boys' Responses
  • Knowledge Is Power
  • Blaming Menstruation
  • "Grossing Them Out"
  • Menstruation as a Sexual Issue
  • Boys' Jokes
  • Who Has the Power?
  • Embarrassing and Teasing Girls
  • Girls' Advantages
  • Expressing Power: Second and Third Wave Feminism
  • Potential for Manipulation
  • Alternate Responses by Boys
  • "My Friend Kristin Explained..."
  • Beef Jerky
  • 7. Conclusion: Bodies in Interaction
  • The Teens' Concluding Thoughts
  • Different Interpretations
  • Social Interactions and Gendered Power
  • Menstrual Celebrations
  • Reflections on Research Methods
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix A. Participants in Individual and Group Interviews
  • Girls
  • Boys
  • Appendix B. Interview Guides
  • Individual Interviews
  • Group Interviews
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

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