Under Wraps : A History of Menstrual Hygiene Technology
This book examines the social and technological history of sanitary napkins and tampons through the lens of passing, and the effects of technology upon women's experiences of menstruation. These ubiquitous yet invisible technologies provide women with the means to hide their periods, but the history of embedded politics in menstrual technologies reveals that they can be used both as artifacts of control and empowering tools of change.
- Hardback | 202 pages
- 157.48 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
- 30 Apr 2008
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 1. Menstrual Hygiene: A Techno-Social History Chapter 2 2. Technology and Passing Chapter 3 3. Scientific Menstruation and Making Menstruation Political Chapter 4 4. "The Kotex Age": Consumerism, Technology, and Menstruation Chapter 5 5. Menstruation in the Workplace: Private Technologies and Public Policies Chapter 6 6. Virgin Bodies, Menstrual Hygiene Technologies, and Sex Education Chapter 7 7. Questioning Menstrual Technology: Civil Rights, Design, and Culture Chapter 8 8. Unveiling Menstrual Passing
In this influential book, Vostral tackles what is often viewed as a taboo subject...Written with academic rigor and filled with keen insights...Under Wraps is a fascinating book to read. It provides a detailed history of an often overlooked aspect of the social history of American women. History In Review, January 2009 Under Wraps is a valuable addition to our understanding of gender, technology, and consumer culture. -- Linda Layne, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute While other writers have discussed the hidden nature of the menstrual process, none, to my knowledge, have used the analogy of passing with such consistency like Vostral has. Journal of the History of Sexuality
About Sharra Louise Vostral
Sharra L. Vostral is associate professor of gender and women's studies and history at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.