Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Menstruation and the Internalization of Power Structures

Katelynn Rookes


According to Michel Foucault's concepts of the processes and relations of power and discipline the body can exist as the object of disciplinary practices but also as a source of resistance to those practices.The following examples of women subverting social norms surrounding menstruation serve to highlight the importance of these acts of resistance. The bodies of women are inhibited by both the medical and male gaze, as well as by the perceptions of outsiders taken on by women themselves. This illustrates the internalization of dominant power structures which thus cause women to discipline their own bodies in order to fit within prescriptive norms. Loss of agency over the body in relation to external structures and regulation of the body through medicalized measures serve as examples of discipline and control.

Full Text:



  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2018 Katelynn Rookes

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Lakehead University Logo

Lakehead University
Research Services
Lakehead University Logo

Lakehead University's
Student Research
Club: "Digging Deeper"
Twitter logo

Social Media
Facebook logo

Lakehead University's
Student Research Club
Social Media

Open Access Logo

Open Access at
Lakehead University

Public Knowledge Project Logo

Public Knowledge Project
Public Knowledge Project Logo

Open Journal Systems
Wordpress Logo

Editor-in-Chief's Blog

ISSN 2371-1426
Lakehead University's Student Research Club | Lakehead University's Student Research Club Social Media
Lakehead University Research Services
Open Access at Lakehead University | Public Knowledge Project | Open Journal Systems
Editor-in-Chief's Blog | Editor-in-Chief Social Media