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Emergent Technologies in Menstrual Paraphernalia in Mid-Nineteeth-Century Britain

Alia Al-Khalidi

in Journal of Design History

Published on behalf of Design History Society

Volume 14, issue 4, pages 257-273
Published in print January 2001 | ISSN: 0952-4649
Published online January 2001 | e-ISSN: 1741-7279 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/14.4.257
Emergent Technologies in Menstrual Paraphernalia in Mid-Nineteeth-Century Britain

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This paper foregrounds the objects and technologies that established the precursors of the early material cilture of the modern manstrual products industry The subject is situated in the context of dominant construtions of sanctioned established in the commodification of mass-manufactured disposable menstrual absorbents in Britian, early enterprise and innvotions in emergent design for menstrual paraphemaha from the late 1850s are shown to reflect the shifting imperatives concerning the management of menstrucal discharge Manmfest in the negotation of comfort with efficiency, the genealogy of such contraptions will be shown to articulate the way in which the technologies of menstrucal management etiquette were mechamcally and matenally reconfigured and the female body became a site for the deployment of such innovations from the mid-nineteenth century.

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Subjects: History of Art ; Art Forms ; Industrial and Commercial Art ; Art Styles

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