Heavy Flow Podcast #57 - The Managed Body with Chris Bobel

We’re replaying the Best of Heavy Flow while we’re on hiatus over the summer! Subscribe to Heavy Flow on your favourite podcast player and sign-up for my weekly newsletter to get new episodes when we’re back in the fall. 

Today on the show I’m talking to Chris Bobel, author of New Blood: Third-Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation and The Managed Body: Developing Girls and Menstrual Health in the Global South. We discuss the history of menstrual activism, what’s working — and what’s not — in the menstrual movement, the “seeds of menstrual shame” and Chris’ vision for a future menstrutopia.

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What we discussed: 

  • The history of menstrual activism (before 2015!)
  • What’s working and what’s not in the menstrual movement
  • The destructive power of menstrual stigma and the crisis of the menstrual mark
  • Why we disempower the female body
  • How capitalism sells you a problem and a solution
  • “My body, my information” and the importance of centring menstrual literacy
  • How menstrual shame is at the root of issues with consent
  • Normalizing our menstrual cycles and our bodies
  • Refusing the normalization of pain
  • Finding your own normal throughout your life
  • How we compartmentalize the body in the West  
  • Being culturally sensitive to menstrual practices

Connect with Chris: 

Website
Twitter

Resources mentioned in this episode: 

Heavy Flow: Breaking the Curse of Menstruation
New Blood: Third-Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation
The Managed Body: Developing Girls and Menstrual Health in the Global South
The Curse: A Cultural History of Menstruation
Blood Magic
Women with Severe Endometriosis May Be More Attractive 
A qualitative study of the impact of endometriosis on male partners
Shirley Weir on The Heavy Flow Podcast

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Produced by: TK Matunda
Music credit: Julia and Bradley of Home Studios
Graphic Design: Rachel Laird