Publication Date

1978

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Otten, Charlotte M., 1915-

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Anthropology

LCSH

Menstruation

Abstract

This thesis examines the sociobiological implications of menstruation. The menstrual cycle is considered to be an universal symbol of female instability and inferiority. Women are considered physically and emotionally handicapped. Two manifestations of menstrual related behavior are examined: libidinal fluctuations and premenstrual syndrome. The literature reveals that research has been inconsistent in quality and methodology, and conclusions biased. Therefore, it was concluded that current scientific evidence does not support the biological determination of menstrual related behavior. Instead, cultural positions and predictions of the workers and the culture in which they exist must be explored further as possible factors in menstrual related behavior.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.

Extent

80 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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Text

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