The One About Periods #639

November 20, 2023

Period. Menstruation. For something that roughly half the human population does, we sure don't talk about it much. But it's a fascinating biological phenomenon with a really interesting history, and the potential for a better future. We're talking with anthropologist Kate Clancy about her book Period: The Real Story of Menstruation.


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Kate Clancy

Kate Clancy is an anthropologist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research, teaching, and service all focus on reproductive justice. She is interested in how environmental stressors (e.g., those related to energetics, immune function, and/or psychosocial stress) influence the physiology of menstruating people. She is the author of the 2023 book Period: The Real Story of Menstruation.