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by Paula Wansbrough and Kathleen O'Grady

Quite some time ago I collected references on the topic of menstruation from wmst-l subscribers. Paula Wansbrough and myself have just completed a 14 page bibliography from those sources and we would like to make this available through the WMST-L archives.

Paula Wansbrough and Kathleen O'Grady (Trinity College, Cambridge)

Please send all additions and edits to kogrady @ ucalgary.ca

(NOTE: See also Kathleen O'Grady's 1998 bibliography, Menstruation and Relgion)


Amberston, Celu (Cornwoman)
1991.  Blessings of the Blood: A Book of Menstrual Lore and Rituals
for Women.  Victoria, B.C.: Beach Holme Publishers.
Bleier, Ruth
1984.  Science and Gender: A Critique of Biology and its Theories
on Women.  Elmsford, N.Y.: Pergamon.
Blume, Judy
1970.  Are You There God?  It's Me, Margaret.  New York: Dell.
Brownmiller, Susan
1984.  Femininity.  New York: Simon & Schuster.
Dalton, Katharina Dorothea
1969.  The Menstrual Cycle.  Harmondsworth: Penguin.
1977.  The Premenstrual Syndrome and Progesterone Therapy.  London:
Heinemann Medical.
1979.  Once a Month.  California: Hunter House.
Delaney, Janice, Mary Jane Lupton and Emily Toth
1976.  The Curse: A Cultural History of Menstruation.  New York:
de Beauvoir, Simone
1988.  The Second Sex.  H.M. Parshley, trans.  London: Picador.
Originally published as Le Deuxieme Sexe.  Jonathan Cape Ltd.,
Ehrenreich, Barbara and Deirdre English
1978.  For Her Own Good: 150 Years of the Experts' Advice to Women.
Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Press.
Fausto-Sterling, Anne
1985.  Myths of Gender: Biological Theories about Women and Men.
New York: Basic Books.
Ford, Lynda Ross
1983.  Bleeding -- A Celebration.  Albion, CA: Aguila.
Gardner-Loulan Joann, Bonnie Lopez and Marcia Quackenbush
1979.  Period.  Volcano, CA: Volcano Press.
Grahn, Judy
1993.  Blood, Bread & Roses: How Menstruation Created the World.
Boston: Beacon Press.
1982.  "From Sacred Blood to the Curse and Beyond"  IN  The
Politics of Women's Spirituality.  Charlene Spretnak, ed.  New
York: Anchor Press.
Gray, Miranda
1994.  Red Moon: Understanding & Using the Gifts of the Menstrual
Cycle.  Great Britain and United States: Element Books; Australia:
Jacaranda Wiley.
Greer, Germaine
1991.  The Female Eunuch.  London: Flamingo.  First published by
MacGibbon and Kee, 1970.
Hite, Shere
1994.  The Hite Report on the Family: Growing Up Under Patriarchy.
London: Bloomsbury.
Lander, Louise
1988.  Images of Bleeding: Menstruation as Ideology.  New York:
Orlando Press.
Laws, Sophie
1990.  Issues of Blood: The Politics of Menstruation.  London:
Laws, Sophie, Valerie Hey and Andrea Eagan
1985.  Seeing Red.  London: Hutchinson & Co.
Lein, Allen
1979.  The Cycling Female: Her Menstrual Rhythm.  San Francisco:
W.H. Freeman.
Martin, Emily
1987.  The Woman in the Body: A Cultural Analysis of Reproduction.
Boston: Beacon Press.
Minh-Ha, T.
1991.  When the Moon Waxes Red.  London: Routledge.
Olesen, Virginia L. and Nancy Fugate-Woods, eds.
1986.  Culture, Society and Menstruation.  New York: Hemisphere,
Harper and Row.
O'Grady, Kathleen and Paula Wansbrough, eds.
1997.  A Sweet Secret: Telling the Story of Menstruation.  Toronto:
Second Story Press.
Parvati, Jeannine
1978.  Hygieia.  Monroe, Utah: Freestone Publishing.
Reuther, R.
1990.  "Women's Body and Blood: The Sacred and Impure"  IN  Through
the Devil's Doorway: Women, Religion and Taboo.  A. Joseph, ed.
London: SPCK.
Rich, Adrienne
1992.  Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution.
New York: W. W. Norton.  First published by Virago Press, 1977.
Riley, Tom
1986.  The Price of a Life: One Woman's Death from Toxic Shock.
Bethseda, Maryland: Adler & Adler.
Sheffield, Margaret
1989.  Life Blood: A New Image for Menstruation.  Illustrated by
Sheila Bewley.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Shorter, Edward
1982.  A History of Women's Bodies.  New York: Basic Books.
Shuttle, Penelope and Peter Redgrove
1978.  The Wise Wound: Menstruation and Everywoman.  London: Harper
Collins Publishers.
Taylor, Dena
1988.  Red Flower: Rethinking Menstruation.  California: Crossing
Walker, Barbara G.
1983.  The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths & Secrets.  San Francisco:
Harper & Row.
Weideger, Paula
1977.  Menstruation and Menopause: The Physiology and Psychology,
the Myth and the Reality.  New York: Delta.
1975.  Female Cycles.  London: Women's Press.
Wilson, E. W. and P.I.C. Rennie
1976.  The Menstrual Cycle.  London: Lloyd-Luke.


Amundsen, D.W. and C.J. Diers
1969.  "The Age of Menarche in Classical Greece and Rome."   
Human Biology 41: 125-132.
Bernstein, Barbara Elaine
1977.  "Effect of Menstruation on Academic Women."  Archives of
Sexual Behaviour 6, 4: 289-96.
Berry, Carolyn
1984.  "Celebrating the Blood: Indian Women and Menstruation."
Bread & Roses 3, 2.
Bettelheim, Bruno
1952.  Symbolic Wounds: Puberty Rites and the Envious Male.  New
York: Collier Books.
Block Coutts, L. and D.H. Berg
1994.  "The Extended Curse: Being a Woman Everyday."  Health Care
Women International 15, 1: 11-22.
1993.  "Virginity and Tampon Use: A Case of Myth Alteration."
Health Care Women International 14, 1: 27-38.
1993.  "The Portrayal of the Menstruating Woman in Menstrual
Product Advertisements."  Health Care for Women International 14,
2: 179-191.
Buckley, Thomas
1982.  "Menstruation and the Power of Yurok Women: Methods in
Cultural Reconstruction."  American Ethnologist 9, 1 (Feb.): 47-60.
Buckley, Thomas and Alma Gottlieb
1988.  Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation.  London:
University of California Press.
Bynum, Caroline Walker
1984.  "Womens' Stories, Women's Symbols: A Critique of Victor
Turner's Theory of Liminality"  IN  Anthropology and the Study of
Religion, Pp.105-125.  Robert L. Moore and Frank E. Reynolds, eds.
Chicago: Center for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Crawford, Patricia
1981.  "Attitudes to Menstruation in Seventeenth-Century England."
Past and Present 91 (May): 47-73.
Darga, Linda L., Suzanne Klauenber and Karen F. Davis
1981.  "The Cultural Model of the Menstrual Cycle."  Michigan
Academician 13, 4: 475-83.
Douglas, Mary
1966.  Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and
Taboo.  London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
Ernster, Virginia L.
1975.  "American Menstrual Expressions."  Sex Roles: A Journal of
Research 1, 1: 3-13.
Gottlieb, Alma
1982.  "Sex, Fertility and Menstruation Among the Beng of the Ivory
Coast: A Symbolic Analysis."  Africa: Journal of the International
African Institute 52, 4: 34-47.
1990.  "Reflection on "Female Pollution" Among the Beng of the
Ivory Coast"  IN  Beyond the Second Sex: New Directions in the
Anthropology of Gender.  Peggy Reeves Sanday and Ruth Gallagher
Goodenough, eds.  Philadelphia: Univeristy of Pennsylvania Press.
Graham, Susan Brandt
1985.  "Running and Menstrual Dysfunction: Recent Medical
Discoveries Provide New Insights into the Human Division of Labor
by Sex."  American Anthropologist 87, 3-4: 878-882.
Harrell, Barbara B.
1981.  "Lactation and Menstruation in Cultural Perspective."
American Anthropologist 83: 796-823.
Hogbin, Herbert Ian
1970.  The Island of Menstruating Men: Religion in Wogeo, New
Guinea.  Scranton, PA: Chandler.
Joffe, Natalie F.
1948.  "The Vernacular of Menstruation."  Word 4, 3: 181-186.
King, Helen
1983.  "Born to Bleed: Artemis and Greek Women"  IN  Images of
Women in Antiquity.  Averil Cameron and Amelie Kuhrt, eds.  London:
Croom Helm.
Kitahara, Michio
1982.  "Menstrual Taboos and the Importance of Hunting."  American
Anthropologist 84, 4 (Dec.): 901-903.
Knight, C.
1991.  Blood Relations: Menstruation and the Origins of Culture.
London: Yale University Press.
1985.  "Menstruation as Medicine."  Social Science and Medicine 21,
6: 671-83.
Logan, D. D.
1980.  "The Menarche Experience in Twenty-three Foreign Countries."
Adolescence 15, 58 (Summer): 247-256.
Momoko, Takemi
1983.  "Menstruation Sutra Belief in Japan."  W. Michael Kelsey,
trans.  Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 10, 2-3: 229-245.
Montgomery, Rita E.
1974.  "A Cross-Cultural Study of Menstruation, Menstrual Taboos,
and Related Social Variables."  Ethos 2: 137-170.
Nagy, Marilyn
1987.  "Menstruation and Shaminism"  IN  Betwixt & Between:
Patterns of Masculine and Feminine Initiation.  Louise Carus Mahdi,
Steven Foster and Meredith Little, eds.  La Salle, IL: Open Court
Publishers, Pp. 223-238.
Ploss, Herman, Max Bartels and Paul Bartels.
1935.  Woman: An Historical Gynaecological and Anthropological
Compendium.  London: Heinemann.
Powers, Marla N.
1980.  "Menstruation and Reproduction: An Oglala Case."  Signs 6,
1 (Autumn): 54-65.  Reprinted in Women -- Sex & Sexuality.
Catherine Stimson and Ethel Person, eds.  Chicago: University of
Chicago Press.
Prendergast, S.
1992.  "This is the Time to Grow Up": Girls' Experiences of
Menstruation in School.  Cambridge: The Health Promotion Research
Skandhan, K.P., A.K. Pandya, S. Skandhan and Y.B. Mehta
1979.  "Synchronization of Menstruation Among Intimates and
Kindreds."  Panminerva Medica 21: 131-134.
Skultans, Vieda S.
1985.  "Vicarious Menstruation."  Social Science and Medicine 21,
6: 713-14.
1970.  "The Symbolic Significance of Menstruation and the
Menopause."  Man 5, 4: 639-651.
Stephens, William N.
1967.  "A Cross-Cultural Study of Menstrual Taboos" IN  Cross-
Cultural Approaches: Readings in Comparative Research.  Clellan
Stearns Ford, ed.  New Haven: Human Relations Area Files Press, 67-
Wellman, K.
1972.  "Menstruation, Pregnancy and Birth in the Prehistoric Rock
Art of North America."  Deuthch.  Med.  Wochenschrift 97: 1670-1.
Whisnant, Lynn and Leonard Zegans
1975.  "A Study of Attitudes Toward Menarche in White Middle-Class
American Adolescent Girls."  American Journal of Psychiatry 132, 8:
1975.  "Menarche in American Culture: Deritualisation May be
Harmful."  Roche Report; Frontiers of Psychiatry (15 Jan.): 3.
Winslow, Deborah
1980.  "Rituals of First Menstruation in Sri Lanka."  Man 15: 603-


Armstrong, Liz and Adrienne Scott
1992.  Whitewash: Exposing the Health and Environmental Dangers of
Women's Sanitary Products and Disposable Diapers -- What You Can Do
About It.  Toronto: HarperCollins.
Costello, Alison, et al.
1989.  The Sanitary Protection Scandal.  London: The Women's
Environmental Network.

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