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Even Disney Princesses Get Their Period

Posted by Clem Bastow on September 16, 2008

This amazing/hilarious/disturbing/insert-your-own-adjective vid popped up on the Feministing Community blog, and spread like wildfire across the net: Disney, “through the courtesy of Kotex Products”, presents The Story Of Menstruation (circa 1946)!

That pituitary gland baby is going to haunt my nightmares.

However! Aside from the obvious laffs (the recurring four female body types and “very personally yours” are two of my favourites), there’s something oddly… comforting about this film (you know, apart from reminding you to powder your nose at that time of the month). Or am I just PMSing like the little lady at 7:28-minutes?


5 Responses to “Even Disney Princesses Get Their Period”

  1. dot said

    I can’t find anything wrong with this video! A remarkable piece of frankness and honesty coming from 1946.

    The strange body types thing is just a clumsy dated why of trying to make all women feel included and together in their experiences of menstruation. Same goes for the not-mentioning-the-sex thing… (and even in 2008 I kind of like it, why bring men into the healthy-attitudes-towards-your-period equation?)

    As for the powdering of the nose, I’ll interpret that as a dated way of simply saying, ‘You can be your best, regardless of what time of the month it is.’ Indeed!

  2. Mel Campbell said

    I was a little perturbed by the phrasing re: keeping a calendar as a “useful record of past performance”, and how about the size and location of that poor chick’s rectum! But I was pleasantly surprised that the basic facts were all there and the advice was pretty sensible.

  3. Clem Bastow said

    Yes, and let’s not forget the ever-expanding constipated bowel and plastic-tubing-esque vaginal canal. But the rest of it was pretty spot on, in its own special way!

  4. mary said

    I actuallhy saw this in about 1948 (yes, 1948). Our gym teacher dragged us all in to learn the facts of life. My mother had never mentioned the topic, and it turned out a lot of other mothers hadn’t/couldn’t. It was enormously comforting to all of us. And the calendar: by the time most of us were sexually active, we had internalised calendar-keeping. It was hugely important in a world where birth-control devices were only prescribed for married women and doctors wouldn’t confirm a pregnancy until you had missed three periods. .. Fortunately thimes have changed.

  5. Mel Campbell said

    Well times have and haven’t changed: take the Catholic Church, which would cut off its nose to spite its face.

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