Re:Cycling the World of Menstruation
Re:Cycling. www.menstruationresearch.org/blog. Created by the members of the Society
for Menstrual Cycle Research leadership team.
Published online: 2 April 2015
Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
The January 2013 Special Issue of Sex Roles on “Posi-
tioning Periods: Menstruation in Social Context^ had a
number of articles addressing a myriad of issues around
menstruation including stigma and taboos, menstrual
suppression, and disability (Johnston-Robledo and Stubbs
2013). For those of us interested in the topic, whether for
personal or professional reasons, the perfect follow-up is
Re:Cycling, the blog of The Society for Menstrual Cycle
Research (SMCR), because of the range of information
and the variety of entries. Current research? Every month.
Menstrual art? Yes. Media criticism? Check. Not an
academic or researcher? The blog is aimed at a wide
audience, although it seems that the blog would be most
appealing to academics and those interested in and
engaging in reproductive justice activism.
The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research is an
interdiscriplinary research organization whose mission is Bto
be the source of guidance, expertise, and ethical consider-
ations for researchers, practitioners, policy makers and
funding resources interested in the menstrual cycle^ (from
the website). The blog, Re:Cycling, clearly reflects the diver-
sity of ideas and interests of the society and its members
around issues of health, media, the arts and literature, medi-
cine, and reproductive justice. On the blog page, they state
BWe have named the blog re: Cycling to represent our view
of menstruation as more than merely bleeding, but as a cycle
within the larger cycle of life.^ While negative attitudes to-
wards menstruation are found across cultures, this blog at-
tempts to reconceptualize menstruation in a broad, interdisci-
plinary light. It is clear that the blog makes real attempts to
cover ideas and issues from a myriad of countries and cultures.
For example, recent blog posts have focused on addressing
menstrual taboos in Australia, menstrual education in India,
and menstrual activism in Sweden.
The blog is monthly, and entries since the beginning of the
blog in July 2009 are available to view. A few months are
skipped, and a few blogs are very short (for example the
May 2011 blog only has one entry, an announcement for the
upcoming SMCR conference).. A variety of bloggers with
different areas of interest and expertise contribute each month.
There are 14 Bofficial bloggers^ who are members of
SMCR, and they have wide ranging backgrounds, from aca-
demics, to freelance writers, filmmakers, artists and activists.
There are also occasional guest bloggers. The posts from these
bloggers tend to be longer reviews, narratives and commen-
taries. Many of the monthly posts also include art. For example, a
number of months have entries from the Bpin-up series^ done by
Jen Lewis (menstrual designer) and Rob Lewis (photographer).
While this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it does demonstrate
the diversity of material than can be found on the blog.
In addition to writings and posts by bloggers, there are
Bweekend links^ which include links to current research, pol-
icy, other relevant blogs and media. Because it is a blog,
readers can comment and dialogue with blog posters. Com-
ments are open to anyone as long as a valid email is submitted
and the commenters do not Btraffic in racist, sexist, homopho-
bic, or otherwise overtly objectionable commentary…
Threats, trolling, pointless belligerence, and hate speech will
C. Smith (*)
University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, Green Bay, WI, USA
Sex Roles (2015) 72:477–478