Episode 16: Men and menstruation with Dr. David Linton


We tend to think of menstruation as a “women’s issue.” But from movies to books to the media, men play a big role in inventing the meaning of menstruation, too. Communications scholar David Linton joins us to discuss his new book exploring the way men have helped shape the meaning of menstruation throughout history - from the Bible to the New York Times crossword puzzle. And he even delights us with some menstrual poems! 

Resources + links

Men and Menstruation and more about David 

David’s posts on “Menstruation Matters,” the blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research

Jess’ interview on WLRN with host Luis Hernandez


Our theme song is Crimson Wave, performed by Tacocat, courtesy of Hardly Art Records.

Additional music used in this episode: “I’m Starving” by Don Aman, under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License; “Werewolf Surf Song” by John Banrock.

Stefanie Kleinburd