Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Call for Submissions: Essays on Menstruation

Breakthrough Bleeding:

Essays on The Thing Women Spend A Quarter Of Their Time Doing, But No One’s Supposed To Talk About

Edited by Hanne Blank and Moira Russell

Forthcoming from She Devil Press, an imprint of Suspect Thoughts Press; scheduled publication date Fall 2008.

FINALLY, a book that isn’t afraid of a little blood!

Between puberty and menopause, most women spend close to a quarter of their lives dealing with menstruation. But except for coming-of-age stories and the occasional Stephen King novel, all this spilled blood hardly creates a blip on the cultural radar. It’s as if someone has removed it all with a super-duper magic cleanser… ironic, considering what the rest of us go through to get the stains out.

Breakthrough Bleeding is here to change all that. Thoughtful, challenging, political, and maybe even sexy, this collection of essays looks at menstruation from the inside and the outside, a super-maxi size dose of heavy-thinkin’ menstrual mojo.

We are looking for essays and creative nonfiction that analyze, question, and explore all aspects of menstruation and menstruation culture. Potential topics include:

* menstruation and gender – how does menstruation fit into (or conflict with) experiences of gender?
* menstrual products advertising & the “sanitary products” industry
* menstruation, personal relationships, and sex – from phobias to fetishes
* menstrual education – what do we learn and how do we learn it, what do we teach and how to we teach it?
* menstruation as a human rights issue – how are women’s periods dealt with in prisons, shelters, mental institutions, long-term care facilities, and other institutions?
* women who voluntarily/intentionally stop menstruating
* men’s experiences with / attitudes regarding menstruation
* menstruation humor
* menstruation and ridicule/shame
* transmenstruation – what kinds of issues come up around menstruation for intersex, transsexual and transgendered people?
* premature menopause (organic or induced)
* enjoying/appreciating menstruation
* menstruation and/in the workplace
* menstruation through the eyes of Western medicine
* the “menstrual alternatives” movement (e.g. reusable pads/cups/sponges) and its culture
* menstruation in straight vs. queer spheres
* feminist culture and menstruation

Compensation: Writers whose work is included in the book will receive a cash honorarium (amount TBD) and two copies of the book.

Deadline: March 20, 2007.

For more information, see the guidelines.

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