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1. Patterson, Ashly S. The Menstrual Body.

Degree: MA, Sociology, 2013, University of New Orleans

The main objective of this study is to develop a feminist theoretical understanding of menstruation. I first explore Simone de Beauvoir’s feminist existentialist concept of woman as Other to establish a baseline from which all other sociocultural discourses on menstruation flow. I next expand Erving Goffman’s symbolic interactionist theory on stigma to discuss the social-psychological internalization process that girls encounter as they become enculturated into menstruation as a stigmatic condition. I then use a macro-discursive, Foucauldian analysis on power and discourse to understand how menstruation has been socially constructed from premodern superstitions, to the rise of modern medicine in the late 19th century. I follow this with a Marxian, macro-materialist understanding of capitalism to discuss how the femcare industry emerged and commodified feminine hygiene products. Finally, I investigate how second and third wave feminists have mobilized to resist patriarchal ideologies which devalue, subordinate, and subjugate menstruating bodies. Advisors/Committee Members: Dr. Susan Mann, Dr. Rachel Luft, Dr. Gilda Reed.

Subjects/Keywords: Menstruation; Sociological Theory; Feminist Theory; Feminist Movements; Activism

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APA (6th Edition):

Patterson, A. S. (2013). The Menstrual Body. (Thesis). University of New Orleans. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uno.edu/td/1659

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Patterson, Ashly S. “The Menstrual Body.” 2013. Thesis, University of New Orleans. Accessed October 27, 2020. https://scholarworks.uno.edu/td/1659.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Patterson, Ashly S. “The Menstrual Body.” 2013. Web. 27 Oct 2020.

Vancouver:

Patterson AS. The Menstrual Body. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of New Orleans; 2013. [cited 2020 Oct 27]. Available from: https://scholarworks.uno.edu/td/1659.

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Council of Science Editors:

Patterson AS. The Menstrual Body. [Thesis]. University of New Orleans; 2013. Available from: https://scholarworks.uno.edu/td/1659

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Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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