Sex Roles (2006) 55:581–582 DOI 10.1007/s11199-006-9113-0 FILM REVIEW Period: The End of Menstruation, a Film by Giovanna Chesler, 2006 Jennifer Gorman Rose Published online: 28 November 2006 Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2006 Freedom from periods! In the fall of 2003, the FDA and conversations about menstruation take place. After approved Seasonale, a pill that suppresses menstruation. such education, some girls will go home and discuss what Women who take Seasonale have only four menstrual they learned at school with family members; however, periods per year. Advertisements for Seasonale claim research shows that many young girls don’t feel comfort- “Fewer periods. More possibilities.” Possibilities for what? able discussing menstruation. Chesler next interviewed Should all women be encouraged to suppress their three adult sisters who had never discussed menstruation menstrual cycles? What are the long-term side effects of with their parents, and they point out that the interview is menstrual suppression? Do women want to suppress their the first time that they had ever talked about menstruation menstrual cycles? Should young girls be taught that with each other. There is often a cloud of shame and guilt menstruation is something to be suppressed and controlled? shading menstruation that prevents
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Published: Nov 28, 2006
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