Menstruation Activism: Is the Personal Still Political?

Menstruation Activism: Is the Personal Still Political? Sex Roles (2013) 68:151–154 DOI 10.1007/s11199-011-0047-9 BOOK REVIEW New Blood: Third-Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation. By Chris Bobel, New Brunswick, NJ, Rutgers University Press, 2010. 238 pp. $26.95 (paperback) ISBN: 978-0-8135-4754-1 Nancy A. Worcester Published online: 18 August 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011 Chris Bobel’s New Blood: Third-Wave Feminism and the (Chapter 3), for every women’s health course. Exploring Politics of Menstruation confirms that menstruation activ- “second-wave” feminism, Bobel traces the women’s health ism is alive, well, and relevant. The book also demonstrates movement, environmentalism, and consumer activism that this activism is now happening in ways that have not intersecting in menstruation activism through three phases: been previously studied and its political importance is commercial menstruation products being welcomed and broader and deeper than generally recognized. associated with freedom and liberation; increased concerns On the cutting edge of today’s menstruation activists, about product safety and the importance of alternatives; Bobel explains, are punk-inspired “third-wave” radical and, Toxic Shock Syndrome inspired campaigns for tampon menstruation activists. Unlike groups of activists who have safety, standardization of tampon labeling, and the prolifer- worked previously to influence industry and government, ation of alternative products. “The Emergence of Menstrual today’s radical Sex Roles Springer Journals

Menstruation Activism: Is the Personal Still Political?

Sex Roles , Volume 68 (2) – Aug 18, 2011

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