Briefing paper : assessing the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021 as model menstruation legislation
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This briefing paper discusses how to include historical perspectives to assess the potential success for current and future menstruation legislation. The case of Scotland provides an instructive example of law-making about free period products and period poverty. While commercial products are perceived as a solution, historical research suggests that cultural attitudes, lingering stigma, and regional differences affect opportunities for passing laws. To predict the likelihood that proposed menstrual product legislation might be adopted in other locations, historical factors related to attitudes about menstruation, including stigma, must be considered and understood to effect lasting change.
Bildhauer , B , Røstvik , C M & Vostral , S L 2022 , ' Briefing paper : assessing the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021 as model menstruation legislation ' , Open Library of Humanities , vol. 8 , no. 2 , 9129 . https://doi.org/10.16995/olh.9129
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DescriptionThis paper is based on ‘Ending Period Poverty in Scotland: A Historical and International Perspective’ funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Arts and Humanities Research Network Award from 2020 to 2022 (grant number 64992), and administratively based at the University of St Andrews with Principal Investigator Bettina Bildhauer and Co-Investigators Sharra Vostral and Camilla Mørk Røstvik.
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