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Degendering Menstruation: Insights from a Swedish Context
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Humans and technology. MENSEN - forum för menstruation, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4089-9159
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Menstruation as phenomena is commonly linked to womanhood and menstruating is generally perceived as an experience of women. The presentation ”Degendering Menstruation: Insights from a Swedish Context” challenges this through its focus on trans people’s experiences with menstruation. Drawing on material from qualitative interviews, I will provide an overview of menstrual experiences among Swedish trans people. Emphasis will be on the necessity, for us as menstrual scholars and activists, to acknowledge the multiplicity of menstrual experiences there are – not only between menstruators with different gender identities, but likewise within the group of trans people. In the second part of the presentation, I will demonstrate that intra-actions of gender norms and menstrual norms materialize the idea of cis menstruators as the normative menstruator. As a result, trans menstruators appear as the Other. More specifically, public bathrooms, the design of menstrual products, menstrual-related healthcare and menstrual activism are areas that will be problematized as contributing to such processes of Othering in Sweden. The aim of the presentation is to share insights and knowledges that might be applicable to similar projects in geographical contexts other than the Swedish and, as such, contribute to further degendering of menstruation as phenomena.

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2019.
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Gender Studies
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Human Work Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-86266OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-86266DiVA, id: diva2:1577489
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23rd Biennial Conference of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Colorado Springs, USA, June 6-8, 2019
Available from: 2021-07-02 Created: 2021-07-02 Last updated: 2021-08-19Bibliographically approved

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