The Process of Becoming a Woman’s Body: Menstruation and the Containment of Femininity
Most girls begin puberty somewhere between the ages of eight and twelve, going through the most significant mandatory body change of their lives until menopause.1 Puberty is, for both sexes, confusing. On the one hand, it presages the freedoms of adulthood. On the other, one’s formerly relied upon and taken for granted body begins to change in sometimes alarming ways. Also, the sexual maturity at which puberty points is confusing at best.
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