Holy Hormones Journal: How would any woman feel if the process of menstruation was described this way -the lining in the uterus “… is cast away, leaving behind a ragged wreck of tissue, torn glands, ruptured vessels, jagged edges of stroma, and masses of blood corpuscles, which it would seem hardly possible to heal satisfactorily without the aid of surgical treatment.”
Just like Holly Grigg-Spall states in her book: Sweetening the Pill – ‘femaleness is considered and mental illness’ and and menstruation a pathological disorder that needs to be treated. This mental stability was thought to be due to the ‘wandering uterus’. The pathological disorder is due to a weeping uterus’. No wonder women have hysterectomies. Get the weeping, wandering
thing out – so I can be happy!
I think it is time that women’s endocrine health be re-written to obliterate the myths that have kept us shamed about our bodies…. and to get the uterus smiling again. Oops that is right – my co-author and I have written this book! These myths are the reason why.
Yager has done an excellent job in lifting the veil to show how the sacred act of menstruation has been distorted by myths meant to demean and reduce women’s wombs to baby factories and to make it the responsibility of women to keep the factory running. If the womb was empty it signified a failure of patriotism – and if an “egg was lost—destroyed, dried up, passed away—so too is the nation.”
Weeping of a Disappointed Womb
Modern medical textbooks still describe menstrual bleeding with the language of pathology:
While men “produce” sperm, women “shed” eggs.
Themes in mythology about the female reproductive system
October 2, 2013
the LDS church released Living, Loving, and Marrying, an instructional handbook for youth of the faith. In a chapter titled “What Every Young Girl Should Know,” Lindsay R. Curtis, M.D., an OB-GYN and Mormon missionary, illustrated an egg’s journey from the ovaries with a series of pen-and-ink cartoons. If the egg is fertilized, one cartoon shows, she will wear lipstick and a veil as she meets her sperm groom in the Fallopian tube.
If the egg that is given off by the ovary is not fertilized, it merely passes on through the uterus, out the vagina, and is lost. The outer cells lining the uterus are then discarded for the month along with blood that is released as they tear themselves away from the wall. This is called “menstrual flow.” It is said that menstruation is the “weeping of a disappointed womb,” when pregnancy does not occur.