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Menstruation

  • Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month that I can be myself.

    • Roseanne Barr,
    • in Dr. Criswell Freeman, Mothers Are Forever ()
  • Over half the world menstruates at one time or another, but you'd never know it. Isn't that strange?

  • Each month/ the blood sheets down / like good red rain. / I am the gardener. / Nothing grows without me.

  • Perhaps American English will have an equivalent for the lovely Japanese expression for a girl's first menstruation, 'the year of the cleavage of the melon,' or for the ancient Indian, 'flower growing in the house of the god of love.'

  • A period is just the beginning of a life long sentence.

    • Cathy Crimmins,
    • essay title, in Rosalind Warren, ed., Women's Glib ()
  • Menstrual blood is the only source of blood that is not traumatically induced. Yet in modern society, this is the most hidden blood, the one so rarely spoken of and almost never seen, except privately by women ...

  • Indigo, I don't want to hear another word about it, do you understand me. I'm not setting the table with my Sunday china for fifteen dolls who got their period today.