Seeing the colour red: Menstruation in global body politics

Jacqueline Gaybor*, Wendy Harcourt

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In this article, we set out how menstrual activism is emerging as a novel strand in global feminist health demands that challenge the norms and practices which condone and institutionalise gender inequalities. Menstruation has moved from being understood principally as a biological function, invisible in the public sphere, to a vibrant form of global body politics with a flourishing set of diverse practices. We examine how menstruation has been brought to global attention in two ways: one through a global development discourse that promotes menstrual health by improving hygiene and the sanitary infrastructure in the Global South; and two through the upswell of feminist groups involved in menstrual activism around the world. The article is a contribution to moving closer towards productive alliances between these two strands as together they contribute to important changes in menstrual health and sexual rights.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGlobal Public Health
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Dec 2021

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