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Wed, Apr 26


The Literary

Author Event: Kate Clancy

A bold and revolutionary perspective on the science and cultural history of menstruation.

Author Event: Kate Clancy
Author Event: Kate Clancy

Time & Location

Apr 26, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The Literary, 122 N Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820, USA

About the Event

Menstruation is something half the world does for a week at a time,  for months and years on end, yet it remains largely misunderstood.  Scientists once thought of an individual’s period as useless, and some  doctors still believe it’s unsafe for a menstruating person to swim in  the ocean wearing a tampon. Period counters the false theories  that have long defined the study of the uterus, exposing the eugenic  history of gynecology while providing an intersectional feminist  perspective on menstruation science.

Blending interviews and  personal experience with engaging stories from her own pioneering  research, Kate Clancy challenges a host of myths and false assumptions.  There is no such a thing as a “normal” menstrual cycle. In fact,  menstrual cycles are incredibly variable and highly responsive to  environmental and psychological stressors. Clancy takes up a host of  timely issues surrounding menstruation, from bodily autonomy, menstrual  hygiene, and the COVID-19 vaccine to the ways racism, sexism, and  medical betrayal warp public perceptions of menstruation and erase it  from public life.

Offering a revelatory new perspective on one of the most captivating biological processes in the human body, Period will change the way you think about the past, present, and future of periods.

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