As we all know, first impressions
are powerful. In Dr. Coutinho’s book “Is Menstruation Obsolete?,” he argues that
regular menstruation is unnecessary, if not actually harmful, and that women
would be better off menstrually suppressed.
hand at creating a first impression of Dr. Coutinho’s book: Write an
introduction to it. 100 words, 5,000 words, a 10-page paper for school – even a
PhD dissertation – the choice is up to you.
The index below lists five
critical approaches to the menstrual suppressionist position*. After reading
through the discussions and the questions that follow, why not give it a try?
For starters, here’s a discussion
regarding the introduction that actually appears in the book:
From Foreword to Last Word: Oranges to Apples?
And here’s the Society for
Menstrual Cycle Research Press Release and Position Statement on Menstrual
Suppression, as well as MOLT’s critique:
Society for Menstrual Cycle Research Position Statement...
Five Critical Approaches to the
Menstrual Suppressionist Position:
1. Who's Your Daddy: The Problem of Paternity-Dependent
2. Peony in a Coffee Cup: The Problem of Secondary Utility
3. Physics Envy: Reproducin' Relativity
Part I: A Little History
Part II: Of Reproductive Patterns...and Cosmic Microwave
4. Industrial Strength Marketing
5. Menstrual Suppression: Female
understands this position to be continuous menstrual suppression as a global
cultural norm, EXCEPT at those times when a woman wishes to become pregnant.
MOLT notes the weird parallel with the pro-life position sometimes taken, of
restricting abortion EXCEPT in those cases where pregnancy has resulted from
rape or incest.