Introduction P1: GCR/GOQ P2: GDX Sex Roles [sers] pp503-sers-374486 June 6, 2002 15:12 Style file version June 3rd, 2002 ° C Sex Roles, Vol. 46, Nos. 1/2, January 2002 ( 2002) This special issue on Behavioral Science Re- share their memories, their perceptions, and their search on Menstruation and Menopause contains five conceptualizations of reproductive phenomena that papers that were presented at the June 2001 confer- are often ignored or devalued. ence of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. The Elizabeth Kissling teaches communication stud- conference, which we coordinated, was held in Avon, ies and is well known for her analyses of both private Connecticut; its theme was “A Menstrual Cycle, A and public discourse about menstruation. In her paper Life Cycle: Women’s Reproductive Health Across the “On the Rag On Screen: Menarche in Film and Tele- Lifespan.” vision,” she describes scenes from several films and The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research was television situation comedies that depict people’s re- incorporated in 1979, and it was the first multidis- actions to a girl’s first experience of menstruation. The ciplinary group that actively promoted research on fact that such scenes are available at all represents a women’s health. The founding members Sex Roles Springer Journals

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