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Didn't meet my expectations,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Curse : A Cultural History of Menstruation (Paperback)
A friend gave me this book suggesting that I would enjoy it, and I dutifully read it. I wish I'd spent my time differently. There are some good jokes in it, but all in all, it's not very enlightening.
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Initial post: Aug 15, 2008 2:33:25 PM PDT
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R. Francois says:
I read this book when it was first published and have been marked by it ever since. It was not written specifically to be witty , it was written to present how women have been cursed since the beginning of time because of our period and the power it gives us as creators and nurturers. Most male dominant societies in history have kept women under control through this, insisting that we are frail and not strong enough to cope, we are unclean, less than a man. However, we are usually the ones who manage, control, create and rule what goes on in many facets of life, though much of it may be hidden from public view. If we don't understand the history behind our fate, then we don't really understand why women are still treated as lesser humans today. I agree that modern industry and business have made a lot of money off of us with sanitary products. That is part of living in a capitalistic and modern society. It is just another page in history to be added to a later book about when our periods have been completely eradicated. And we know that this scientific discovery is already in practice. Period or no period, as long as there are males and females, the females will always be prey to nature's(male) biological urge to procreate.
Reviews comparing this book to the most recent "Curse" book clash because people of different ages read them. The newest book covers info that didn't exist to the extent it does today. When the first "Curse" was written, it was during a time of discovery, change and revolution for women. In that respect , parts of it may not suit readers of today. Most young women today are completly unaware of what we accomplished for them, so they can do what they can do today. That's where history plays an important role in the first "Curse". It lays the ground work for the 2nd "Curse"-- a continution of a subject over time.
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