Psst! There is a hip, hilarious and truly eye-opening cultural history of menstruation revealed in Flow. Elissa Stein’s latest book, with Susan Kim, Flow spans its fascinating, occasionally wacky and sometimes downright scary story: from mikvahs (ritual cleansing baths) to menopause, hysteria to hysterectomies—not to mention the Pill, cramps, the history of underwear, and the movie about puberty they showed you in 5th grade.
And are you wondering about the wandering uterus? Huh? Well, the ancient Egyptians believed the uterus was a free-floating, independent, autonomous organ that wandered the body. Yes! Read all about this in the Wonders & Marvels post right here.
We are giving away three copies of Flow. You can enter the drawing by commenting below. Please tell us (1) an example of a doozy of a menstrual taboo or (2) the strangest euphemism for menstruation that you’ve heard. Good luck! The drawing ends at midnight Eastern time on December 7, 2009. Sorry, at this time we can only mail in the United States. And by the way, the winners of our last drawing for THE POISON KING were Gian T. and Ann. Congratulations!