Intro to Critical Menstruation Studies – Multiple Perspectives
Elizabeth Kissling & Breanne Fahs
In this session, editors Fahs and Kissling will discuss the idea of using menstruation as a research lens. What and how do we see differently this approach? As senior editor Chris Bobel writes in the Handbook’s introduction, two central questions animate the Handbook:
- What new lines of inquiry, including research questions and social justice engagements, are possible when we center our attention on menstrual health and politics across the lifespan?
- And what knowledge is gained when menstruation emerges as a dynamic category of analysis?
Menstruation without Gender
Miren Guilló-Arakistain & Klara Rydström
In this session, contributors Guilló and Rydstöm will discuss their chapters, which challenge the ideology of menstrual normativity. Guilló’s work looks at biomedical discourses of menstruation and contrasts that discourse with people and bodies to show that menstruation is not determinative of gender or social identity. Rydström focuses specifically on degendering menstruation among all menstruators and the diversity and breadth of menstrual experience among trans people.
In this session, editor and contributor Roberts will discuss how menstrual stigma and shame intersect with menstrual management, especially in situations of poverty and incarceration. Roberts will draw upon her expertise as one of the developers of objectification theory and as an expert witness in the Amador v. Baca case in LA County, California.
Menstrual Activism & Menstrual Equity
Milena Bacalja Perianes & Inga Winkler
Contributor Perianes and editor Winkler will discuss the range of menstrual activism addressed in the Handbook, as well as the breadth of transnational perspectives included, and why both of these issues matter to the ongoing development of Critical Menstrual Studies as an interdisciplinary field of research and study.
Cover art by Jennifer Lewis at beautyinblood.com.