Veiled Pain: Social Metaphors in Menstrual Pain and the Body Practices of Post-90s Women in Shandong

Zuyue Wang (Advanced Institute for Confucian Studies, Shandong University )

Menstrual pain is not just about the physical sensation of menstrual pain, but also about the psychological burden caused by menstrual blood aversion and the self-perceived neglect of menstrual pain by women. Menstruation is socially taken for granted as a painful condition for women, and legal and medical discourses combine to shape the female body into a weak being. What is obscured beneath the taken-for-granted is the reality of the physical experience of workplace discrimination and menstrual avoidance that women face. By analysing the menstrual pain rooted in women’s body, it is possible to reveal how women socially construct the 'extraordinary' pain as "nomal‘. It is also possible to write about women's bodily experiences of pain and the dynamic bodily practices based on them.

Part of V3-07 The Body and Belief Practice of Contemporary Folklore, Wednesday, October 11, 7:30 pm–9:30 pm