The Wise Wound - Myths, Realities, and Meanings of Menstruation, Penelope Shuttle and Peter Redgrove, published by Bantam, 1990, ISBN 0-553-34906-6>1295
Explore the fascinating historical and cultural legacy of menstruation in a rare synthesis of psychology, physiology, and anthropology that reestablishes its importance in every aspect of our society -- and our lives. See how menstruation's powerful images have surfaced repeatedly in myth and ritual, poety and literature, even popular novels and films -- in spite of the attempts of the patriarchal traditions of medicine, science, and law to devalue and demystify it.
I found this an interesting book, although I found that the authors tried to tie in too may myths and facts, thus having to gloss over certain elements to make them fit into the context of the point they were trying to make. The book will definitely give you food for thought, and a different way of looking at yourself, if you are a woman, and a different way of looking at women, if you are a man.