Beyond the Pad

Distributing menstrual supplies to girls in developing countries has been hailed as an important step in ending the cycle of poverty—credited with helping girls stay in school, marry later, have fewer children and lift their communities out of poverty.

In her new book, Chris Bobel of the University of Massachusetts Boston turns that conventional wisdom on its head.

“Menstruation is actually a vital sign. It’s an indicator of health,” Bobel says. Products—hard-sold by the Western world—can conceal and clean up menstruation. But they can also accommodate—rather than confront—the notion that periods are a problem that needs solving.

The Washington Post


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