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Volume IX, Number 4 | fall 2016


Menstrual taboos persisted in nineteenth-century Europe. In the Rhine it was said that women on their periods turned fermenting wine to vinegar, in France that they were unable to whip up a successful batch of mayonnaise, in Britain that “women should not rub the legs of pork with the brine-pickle at the time they are menstruating, or the hams will go bad.”

What are men anyway but balloons on legs, a lot of blown-up bladders?

- Petronius, c. 64

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