ERIC Number: EJ1005208
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Reference Count: 34
Teaching Taboo Topics: Menstruation, Menopause, and the Psychology of Women
Chrisler, Joan C.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v37 n1 p128-132 Mar 2013
The purpose of this article is (a) to consider reasons why women's reproductive processes receive so little attention in psychology courses and (b) to make an argument for why more attention is needed. Menstruation, menopause, and other reproductive events are important to the psychology of women. Reproductive processes make possible a social role that all women respect and most women hope to embody: mother. Yet, too many women and girls are ashamed of and embarrassed by these and other aspects of their bodies. Instructors of psychology of women courses are in a position to make a difference in their students' lives by breaking the communication taboo to discuss these topics openly, correcting misinformation, challenging stereotypes, and encouraging students to resist stigmatized messages about women's bodies.
Descriptors: Females, Physiology, Psychology, Course Content, Mothers, Human Body, Teaching Methods, Stereotypes, Social Bias, Pregnancy, Birth
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