Video Womens History

A brief history of periods

From a Roman philosopher proclaiming periods as poison to the middle ages belief they could kill men, the history of periods is one we need to discuss!

Ok, so why are we talking about the history of periods? Well, because we don’t. Which when you think about it is kind of wild. After all, periods have been a thing since erm…people. So with that in mind lets delve into the messy and myraid history of periods.

Check out the video here

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Bibliography

Now there is way to much infomation to fit into a ten minute video (trust me I tried!) but luckily there is an amazing sqaud of academics doing research into the history of periods and thier work is definatley a must read. I’ve popped some of my favourites below (plus the works cited in the video):

The Victorian Period: Menstrual Madness in the NineteenthCentury, Kate Lister

The Modern Period: Menstruation in Twentieth-Century America Hardcover, Lara Freidenfelds

The Doctors’ Dilemma: Sin, Salvation, and the Menstruai Cycle in Medieval Thought, Charles Wood

Impure Blood: The Menstrual Taboo in the Christian Church During the Thirteenth Century, Madeline F. Ott:

Attides towards menstruation and menstrual blood in Elizabethan England, Bethan Hinderson

The salacious middle ages, Katherine Harvey:

Handbook of Medieval Sexuality,  Vern L. Bullough, James Brundage

Victorian Women and Menstruation, Elaine Showalter and English Showalter:

 

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