Johnny Did You Notice Anything Different About Me Today? 1974 Film on Menstruation

Linda’s Film on Menstruation (1974)

A 1974 film about menstruation financed by the Creative Artists Public Service Program of the New York State Council of the Arts(CAPS), a program that ran from 1970 to 1981. Fifteen year old Judy has just gotten her first period and tries to explain it to her befuddled boyfriend Johnny. In contrast to most menstruation films, we never see Judy’s mother or older sister share her experience with her. There’s only a cartoon character named Francine, who mysteriously appears on TV to talk about female anatomy and to remind girls to use birth control.

The filmmakers also asked both men and women on the street in Manhattan for their feelings about menstruation and got some great responses.


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.