This week I’m talking to Dr Camilla Mørk Røstvik, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews. We discuss the history of the sanitary bin in the UK, visual representations of menstruation and how big businesses are profiting from menstrual equity. 

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What we discussed: 

  • How Camilla became interested in menstruation as a research topic
  • The advertising and product marketing dominating the menstrual narrative
  • How art challenges the menstrual taboo
  • The history of sanitary disposal in the UK
  • How big businesses are profiting from menstrual equity and how the movement is creating a class divide

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Resources mentioned in this episode: 

Breaking the Curse of Menstruation Workshop – Part 1
Judy Chicago Red Flag
Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist
Madame Gandhi on Heavy Flow
Rupi Kaur Period
Chella Quint on Heavy Flow
Under Wraps: A History of Menstrual Hygiene Technology
Chris Bobel
Newsweek: The Fight to End Period Shaming is Going Mainstream

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Produced by: TK Matunda
Music credit: Julia and Bradley of Home Studios
Graphic Design: Rachel Laird