sex, virginity

Peeing like a horse?

I was recently re-watching Peter Greenaway’s movie The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982). Set at the end of the seventeenth century, it opens with a series of landed gentry types gossiping, often aiming to shock. After telling them a story from her childhood, one of the beautifully-dressed women states confidently “I used to pee like a horse.… Continue reading Peeing like a horse?

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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?