- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press; Revised, Expanded edition (March 1, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0252014529
- ISBN-13: 978-0252014529
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Curse : A Cultural History of Menstruation Revised, Expanded Edition
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of us would just pick up and read. But, believe
it or not, it was incredibly fun, as well as invaluably informative.
Simply put, the Curse provides information I've
found nowhere else. It takes you through the
history of menstruation from culture to culture,
detailing the superstitions, myths and eventual
understanding of all phases of menstruation.
The latter part of the book dwells on our current
perceptions, as seen not only socially and
culturally, but through literature and film.
The authors also evaluate current feminine
products, from douches to pads and tampons,
providing an actual analysis of their usefulness
and dangers that is very rarely discussed in
The overall tone is friendly; this is not your
typical "textbook." The only time I recall
a significant change in tone was, in the 2nd
edition, when they express their