Menstrual Blood as a Weapon of Resistance.
International Feminist Journal of Politics, 8 (4).
This paper examines how women in the North of Ireland used menstrual blood as a
means of resisting the state. It explores the central role that menstrual blood and menstruation
have played throughout the conflict – both as an instrument of war and as a
weapon of resistance for female political prisoners. Various arms of the state used menstruation
as a means of control over republican women. But women also used menstrual
blood to challenge and to resist such attempts by the state. This article suggests that the
use of menstrual blood in resisting the state is an act so subversive that it effectively
disrupted staunchly entrenched gender norms in Northern Irish society prior to the
height of the conflict. This in turn provoked the rise of a distinct form of feminism
rooted within the republican movement.
||feminism; Ireland; menstruation; political prisoner; republican; resistance; war;
||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
Dr. Theresa O'Keefe
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