Sex Roles (2013) 68:155–158 DOI 10.1007/s11199-011-9972-x MEDIA REVIEW Drop by Drop: Cinematic Menstrual Activism, One Viewer at a Time Red Moon: Menstruation, Culture & the Politics of Gender. Directed by Diana Fabianova, Northampton, Mass., Media Education. Foundation, 2010. 53 min. $250.00 (University price) ISBN: 1-932869-43-3. www.mediaed.org Giovanna Chesler Published online: 15 April 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011 In the early moments of director Diana Fabianova’s 2010 this subject is that the taboo and complexity of the documentary Red Moon: Menstruation, Culture & the subject of the menstrual cycle makes it difficult for work Politics of Gender, she uses her own voice-over to frame to reach an audience on a broad scale. Through its the hour-long film: “At any given time, 25% of the female simplicity, Red Moon has the potential to entertain while it population is menstruating. Invisible. Discreet. Why is this confronts negative menstrual associations with sincerity normal, biological function taboo? There must be some and lightness. deeper meaning.” And so begins Fabianova’s journey into Fabianova introduces herself as an Eastern European the conundrum of menstruation – so much blood, such little woman with a heavy, painful period. Like the women in her attention. Yet, as her
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