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dc.contributor.authorBildhauer, Bettina M
dc.contributor.authorRostvik, Camilla Mork
dc.contributor.authorVostral, Sharra L
dc.identifier.citationBildhauer , B M , Rostvik , C M & Vostral , S L 2022 , ' Introduction : The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021 in the context of menstrual politics and history ' , Open Library of Humanities , vol. 8 , no. 1 .
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-1055-9441/work/113398812
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-9916-917X/work/113399274
dc.descriptionThe research for this Special Collection volume was funded by a Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Arts and Humanities Research Network Award (64992).en
dc.description.abstractIn January 2021, Scotland became the first country in the world to make universal access to free period products a legal right, an initiative which attracted extraordinary international attention. This introduction outlines what is indeed new and ground-breaking about this law from the perspective of the history of menstruation, and what merely continues traditional and widespread conceptions, policies and practices surrounding menstruation. On the basis of an analysis of the parliamentary debates of the Act, we show that it gained broad political support by satisfying a combination of ten different political agendas: (1) promoting gender equality for women, while also (2) acknowledging broader gender diversity; (3) taking practical steps to alleviate one high-profile aspect of poverty at a relatively low overall cost to the state, while also (4) stimulating the production of menstrual products; (5) tackling menstrual stigma; (6) improving access to education; (7) working with grassroots campaigners; (8) improving public health; and (9) accommodating sustainability concerns; as well as (10) the desire to pass world-leading legislation in itself. In each case, we explore the extent to which the political aim is typical of, or departs from, wider trajectories in the history and politics of menstruation, and, where pertinent, trajectories in Scottish political history. The ten agendas in their international context provide kaleidoscopic insight into the current state of menstrual politics and history in Scotland and beyond. This introduction also situates this Special Collection as a whole in relation to the field of Critical Menstruation Studies and provides background information about the legislative process and key terminology in Scottish politics and in the history of menstruation.
dc.relation.ispartofOpen Library of Humanitiesen
dc.subjectPeriod Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021en
dc.subjectPeriod povertyen
dc.subjectScottish politics history of gender,en
dc.subjectPeriod Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021 menstruationen
dc.subjectScottish politicsen
dc.subjectHistory of genderen
dc.subjectMenstrual productsen
dc.subjectMenstrual hygieneen
dc.subjectHQ The family. Marriage. Womanen
dc.subjectRA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicineen
dc.subjectSDG 3 - Good Health and Well-beingen
dc.subjectSDG 5 - Gender Equalityen
dc.titleIntroduction : The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021 in the context of menstrual politics and historyen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.sponsorThe Royal Society of Edinburghen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Germanen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Contemporary Arten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Art Historyen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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