Good Grief – David Linton and I were unabashedly honest on Monday night’s interview on the stigmas around menstruation. The interview is now posted and was as lively and provocative as I thought it would be. Find out why Prince Charles got David on his path of exploring the social constructs around menstruation! On a serious note, both David a I as well as many other menstrual health advocates believe that the negative constructs around this once sacred act – and the shaming of young girls entering menarche is at the root of the victimization of women.
What IS WITH the Men in Menstruation???
Now there is a topic that needs to be discussed! I know my professional Society for Menstrual Cycle Research colleague Professor David Linton and I will have a lot to say on men’s role in menstruation. Join us on Monday, April 22 from 6 to 7 pm MST on Holy Hormones Honey! audio streamed on KRFC FM Fort Collins.
According to Professor Linton; “Although menstruation is a biological phenomenon that men largely do not experience, men have played an active role in determining the meaning of menstruation as a social and cultural phenomenon. And though menstrual products are marketed to women, the presence of men in ads for those products has a complicated and subtle history.
During his presentation on this issue Professor Linton employs a rich variety of images from the history of menstrual product advertising to reveal the subtle ways that notions of gender have been shaped by male presence. David Linton is Professor of Communication Arts at Marymount Manhattan College where he teaches a course titled “The Social Construction of Menstruation.”
He has published a variety of articles on the topic and serves on the board of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, re:Cycling.
B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.Ed., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., New York University
David Linton has been on the faculty of MMC for more than twenty years and holds the rank of Professor of Communications Arts. His research interests and publications are wide ranging including such topics as the media environment of Elizabethan England, the reading behavior of the Virgin Mary, the history of the Luddite movement, and the formation of literary and media canons. He is currently writing a book about the social construction and images of menstruation and teaches an interdisciplinary course on this subject in addition to course in communications theory, media, and public speaking.
“Crossing the Menstrual Line,” in Embodied Resistance: Breaking the Rules, Challenging the Norms. Ed., Christina Bobel, Nashville: Vanderbilt UP, 2011. In press.
“Jesus: Menstrual Hero?” Re:Cycling, the blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, March 10, 2010.
“Blood on the Page: Review of The Bleeding of America,” Re:Cycling, the blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Feb. 22, 2110.
“Putting the ‘Men’ in Menstruation,” Re:Cycling, the blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Oct. 8, 2009.