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dirtyMohair
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Has anyone seen or heard of the movie?
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Blue Koi
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For those of you who haven't, here's a quick summary I found at Withoutabox:

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As millions of women and girls take shots and pills to stop their periods, the meaning of menstruation changes. For many women, menstrual suppression is an option which frees them from monthly flow, giving them more control and freedom in their lives. Period: The End of Menstruation? interrogates the cultural and medical side effects of suppression before 'the curse' disappears. Period introduces physicians and health practitioners around the country who fall on both sides of the menstrual suppression debate: from those who maintain that technology should make menstruation virtually obsolete to those who see menstruation as defining the essence of being female. We also hear of the experiences of everyday Americans. People from diverse ethnic communities, of varying sexual orientations and varying ages share intimate details of their experiences. We meet an African American woman so troubled by her period that she chose to have a hysterectomy at age 33. We see a white urban professional in her late 20’s take a shot of Depo Provera. She has not menstruated in three years. Yet, a transman living in New York City chooses to keep his period and claims it as part of his masculinity. Period: The End of Menstruation? calls for more research around menstrual suppressants, and asks women to carefully consider what it means to bleed. The film serves as a beginning to much needed public conversation and brings attention to a pressing women’s health issue that affects millions of women on a national and global scale.
Seems like a real connection to I, Being Born Woman and Suppressed!

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ladylady
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I'm wondering about this:

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Period introduces physicians and health practitioners around the country who fall on both sides of the menstrual suppression debate: from those who maintain that technology should make menstruation virtually obsolete to those who see menstruation as defining the essence of being female.
It makes it seem like there's nothing in between. You either think periods are silly and useless or they define you as a woman. Personally, I have my period just out of habit. It's mildly irritating, but I don't hate it, nor do I see it as what makes me female. There's more to me than the blood that comes out of me once a month.
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Heather
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I agree, that blurb -- which may or may not be reflective of the film -- makes something polarizing which isn't. There's a whole range of opinions and experiences, and they don't all fall into easy "sides."

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