Menstrual Customs

After menarche, women must observe the society's customary menstrual practices, and these can range from minimal to cumbersome. Particularly elaborate customs are typical of societies where menstruation is viewed as polluting (Buckster, 1996) or dangerous. Unlike Stephens (1962), who interpreted these customs as a response to male castration anxiety, Benedict (1934/1959) had earlier noted that menstruation could be viewed not only as a peril but also as a blessing. More recently, Buckley (1988) has provided support for the latter interpretation, in a reexamination of menstrual customs among the Native American Yurok of California.

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