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Dirty Work

A taxonomy of muck. Words by Daphnée Denis. Photograph by Marina Denisova.

“What would happen if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not?” With this question posed at the outset of her famous essay If Men Could Menstruate, Gloria Steinem imagined a society in which men would make periods an “enviable, worthy, masculine event.” Rather than being seen as an embarrassment or something to hide, “that time of the month” would become a sign of courage in patriarchal societies, she argued. Scientists would prioritize researching the origin of stomach cramps

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