The Intimate Side of a Woman's Life by Leona W. Chalmers (1937)
What did women do about menstruation in the past?
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What did women do about menstruation in the past? |
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Read 10 years (1996-2006) of articles and Letters to Your MUM on this site.
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

Woman's Physical Freedom,
Book (complete) by Clelia Duel Mosher, M.D.
(The Womans Press, New York City, U.S.A., 1923, 87 pages)

What an amazing story - the story of this physician and early sex researcher!

But she ended her life writing letters to a "friend" who didn't exist, an expression of her intense loneliness. She had no actual friends to open her heart to.

You have to read elsewhere about the life of this Stanford and Johns Hopkins medical school graduate who paid a price for being a woman in a man's medical world. Women still pay that price.

It works both ways. I've - the I is Harry Finley - paid a price among many women (and men!) for having had the temerity to start a museum of menstruation. A woman physician, an officer of the Society of Menstrual Cycle Research, responded to my telling her that I was creating such a museum by looking down and saying in a quiet voice, "You're a brave man." She didn't look happy. I was not encouraged.

Read an article about her (rediscovered) sex survey of Victorian women, which revealed that the interviewed ladies mostly enjoyed sex. I wonder if any needed help from Dr. Pierce's machines.

In the meantime, read her book that shattered many myths about women's problems - and her proffered solutions.

Below: The cover of the black & white hardbound book measures 5 1/4 x 7 1/2" (13.3 x 19.1 cm).
Below: Title page.
NEXT | Chart: "Causal Factors in the Increased Height of College Women" - INTRODUCTION: Sex Differences -
Changing Status of Women - Examination of These Traditional Physical Handicaps -
MENSTRUATION: Causes of Painful Menstruation - Cure of Painful Menstruation - Undesirable Treatment and Habits -
Results in other Hands - Unhygienic Habits Causing Painful Menstruation (constrictive dress - size of waist - corsets -
physical inactivity - mental attitudes) - Economic Results - Racial Efficiency and Menstruation -
Cause of Hemorrhage - Danger Symptoms - Change of Life, Menopause, or Climacteric - CONSTIPATION: Results -
Methods of Prevention and Cure - WATER - BATHING - HABITS AND ATTITUDES - FEET AND SHOES -
The Intimate Side of a Woman's Life by Leona W. Chalmers (1937)