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Sexual Anatomy, Reproduction, and the Menstrual Cycle

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Books, Articles and Audiovisual Materials


Books, Articles and Audiovisual Materials:

Angier, N. Woman: An Intimate Geography. Boston, MA: Anchor, 2000.

Armstrong, L. and Scott, A.  Whitewash: Exposing The Health And Environmental Dangers Of Women’s Sanitary Products And Disposable Diapers—What You Can Do  About It!  New York: Harper Perennial, 1992.

Atkins, Dawn, ed. Looking Queer: Body Image and Identity in Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Communities. New York: Haworth Press, 1998.

Bennett, Jane. A Blessing Not a Curse: A Mother-Daughter Guide to the Transition from Child to Woman. Bowral: Sally Milner Publishing, 2002.

Blume, Judy. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. New York: Laure Leaf, 1991.

Brumberg, Joan Jacobs. The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls. New York: Vintage, 1998.

Buckley, T. and A. Gottlieb. Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation.  University of California Press, 1988. 

Chalker, Rebecca. The Clitoral Truth: The Secret World at Your Fingertips. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2000.

Costello, Alison, Bernadette Vallely and Josa Young. The Sanitary Protection Scandal. London:  Women’s Environmental Network, 1989.

Deak, Erzsi. Period Pieces: Stories for Girls. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.

Delaney, J., M.J. Lupton, and E. Toth. The Curse: A Cultural History Of Menstruation. Urbana and Chicago, IL:  University of Illinois Press, 1988.

Ensler, E. The Vagina Monologues. New York: Villard, 2001.

Federation of Feminist Women’s Health Centers and Suzann Gage, illus.  A New View of a Woman’s Body. Los Angeles: Feminist Health Press, 1991. 

Fingerson, L.  “‘Only Four Minute Passing Periods!’:  The Menstruating Body in School,” in Geographies of Girlhood, edited by Pamela Bettis and Natalie Adams.  Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005.

Grahn, J. Blood, Bread & Roses: How Menstruation Created The World. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1993.

Gravelle, K., G. Gravelle, and D. Palen. The Period Book: Everything You Don't Want to Ask (But Need to Know). Walker & Co., 1996.

Houppert, Karen. The Curse: Confronting the Last Unmentionable Taboo: Menstruation. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2000.

Jukes, Mavis. Growing Up: It’s A Girl Thing. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1998. 

Kachman, Geneva. Traveling Menstrual Show. Honey Do Press, 2000.

Kissling, Elizabeth. Capitalizing on the Curse: The Business of Menstruation. expected publication date in the spring of 2005.

Love, Susan M. Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book. Cambridge, MA: HarperCollins Publishers, 2000.

Martin, Emily. The Woman in the Body: A Cultural Analysis of Reproduction. Boston: Beacon Press, 2001.

Muscio, Inga. Cunt: A Declaration of independence. Seattle, WA: Seal Press, 2002.

Northrup, Christine. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical And Emotional Health And Healing. New York: Bantam Books, 1998.

O’Grady, Kathleen and Paula Wansbrough. Sweet Secrets: Stories of Menstruation. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1997.

Olesen, Virginia L. and Nancy F. Woods. Culture, Society & Menstruation. Washington: Hemisphere Pub., 1986.

Rako, Susan. No More Periods? The Risks of Menstrual Suppression and Other Cutting-Edge Issues About Hormones and Women’s Health.  Harmony Books, 2003.

Singer, Katie. The Garden of Fertility: A Guide to Charting Your Fertility Signals to Prevent or Achieve Pregnancy – Naturally – and to Gauge Your Reproductive Health. New York: Avery Publishing Group, 2004.

Soule, D. A Woman's Book of Herbs: the healing power of natural remedies. Secaucus, N.J.: Citadel Press, 1998.

Steele, Cassie Premo. Moon Days: Creative Writings about Menstruation. Summerhouse Press, 1999.

Stewart, Elizabeth Gunther and Paula Spencer. The V Book: A Doctor’s Guide to Complete Vulvovaginal Health. New York: Bantam Books, 2002.

Tee, Corinne. Cunt Coloring Book. Last Gasp, 1989.

Topp, Elizabeth and Dr. Carol Livoti. Vaginas: An Owner’s Manual. Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2004. 

Trickey, R. Women, Hormones and the Menstrual Cycle: Herbal and Medical Solutions from Adolescence to Menopause. Australia: Allen & Unwin Australia, 2004.

Vinnie. Vinnie’s Giant Rollercoaster Period Chart and Journal Sticker Book. San Francisco, CA:  Chronicle Books, 2002.

Weschler, Toni. Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health.  New York: Perennial Currents, 2001.

Weschler, Toni. Cycle Savvy: The Smart Teen's Guide to the Mysteries of Her Body.   New York: Harper Collins, 2006.

Period: The End of Menstruation by Giovanna Chesler.
Documentary that explores trends in hormonal birth control which have changed the way women think about their periods. Considers the risks, culturally and medically, involved with menstrual suppression.

”A Friend Comes to Visit” Kingsize Entertainment
(U.S.A.) 323-467-7199 or fax: 323-467-7201

“In Search of Juan Colorado” by Molly Strange, available directly from her at mollystrange@worldnet.att.net.

“Menstruation: Breaking the Silence” Starry Night Productions. Individual Americans can buy the film by contacting: Films for the Humanities P.O. Box 2053/ Princeton, NJ 08543-2053 Tel: (609) 275-1400 Fax: (609) 275-3767 /Toll free order line: 1-800-257-5126 Canadians purchase it through the National Film Board of Canada.

“Period Piece” A short film by Emily Culpepper about attitudes, experiences, and images of menstruation.

To find other films about  sexual anatomy, search under the heading “sexuality and reproduction” at the Canadian National Film Board website


“The Child with an Intersex Condition: Total Patient Care” (2003) Available from Intersex Society of North America (ISNA)

Dreger, Alice. Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex. Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press, 2000.

Fausto-Sterling, Anne. Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality. New York: Basic Books, 2000.

Kessler, Suzanne. Lessons From the Intersexed. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1998.

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