The Curse: A Cultural History of Menstruation by Janice Delaney, Emily Toth and Mary Jane Lupton

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Menarche, the onset of the menstrual cycle, signals the transformation of girl into woman. In primitive societies, this is the crucial moment when a woman becomes a prisoner of the menstrual taboo. But this taboo asserts itself among the most advanced societies too, invoking the image of "inferior" woman, ruled by her monthly cycle.

This timely and authoritative work takes a major step toward liberating women and men form the fear, ignorance, and damaging misconceptions of the "unmentionable" subject.

Mentor, 1977.
ISBN: 9780451615602. 262 pp.
Paperback. Near fine.