midwives, womb

“Call the Midwife” – or knit your own womb

 (this post develops an earlier version that first appeared in July 2013 on http://departu.org.uk)   It was one of those moments that only happens when academics and practitioners are in the same room… For about a year, I had been thinking about the history of visual representations of body parts, and had been introducing audiences… Continue reading “Call the Midwife” – or knit your own womb

Bad History, menstruation

Period pains – have women always suffered from menstrual cramps?

A recent YouGov survey of 1000 British women showed that the majority had period pain, and 52% had found it affected their ability to work. John Guillebaud, a professor of reproductive health at University College London, suggested that the level of pain is almost as bad as a heart attack. Have women always suffered pain? This early twentieth-century advertisement for ‘Hall’s… Continue reading Period pains – have women always suffered from menstrual cramps?