Pe­ri­ods of the past

Edmonton Sun - - LIFE -

Long be­fore Google put sex ed­u­ca­tion at the fin­ger­tips of any­one with a smart­phone, girls learned about their im­pend­ing pe­ri­ods from book­lets with ti­tles such as “Just be­tween us.” Pro­duced and dis­trib­uted by san­i­tary prod­uct com­pa­nies, the book­lets were a rite of pas­sage for gen­er­a­tions of girls. today, they of­fer an ir­re­sistible glimpse of chang­ing at­ti­tudes to­ward men­stru­a­tion.the book­lets were pro­duced as early as the 1890s, but their hey­day was in the mid­dle of the 20th cen­tury. Nonethe­less, old men­stru­a­tion man­u­als re­flect plenty of stereo­types — girls are ad­mon­ished to re­main “dainty” and try not to of­fend oth­ers dur­ing their pe­ri­ods.

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