Menstruation was (Pet Peeves was Rude drivers (was Re: tad williams (was Re: : fantasy monarchies))
jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 10 06:00:20 EST 2003
--- hallieod at indigo.ie wrote:
> Close - unfortunately I can't give the original ref
> so you could
> check it out, but still... This is in answer to the
> question, "Why do
> the flowers receive their name Menstrua, of this
> word Mensis a
> Bicause it is a space of time which doth measure the
> Moone... Now
> the Moone hath dominion over moist things, and
> bicause the flowers
> are an humiditie, they take their denomination of
> the moneth, and are
> called monethly termes: for moist things do increase
> as the Moone
> doth increase, and decrease as she doth decrease.
> From "Problemes of Aristotle", extract in _A
> Shakespeare Reader:
> Sources and Criticism_, Eds. Richard Danson Brown
> and David Johnson.
> A little before New Age at least.
> The association between mental instability and
> menstruation I
> mentioned was not a joke - giving you the benefit of
> assuming that
> your wife and daughters are also laughing heartily
> over your link
> between menstruation and mental instability. ;-) In
> the 19th Century
> women were locked up and/or given appalling
> "treatment" for this
> mental instability. ("The Yellow Wallpaper" being a
> fictionalised version of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's
> real life
> experience, as only one example.) IIRC it wasn't
> until they started
> seeing shell shock in soldiers in WWI that the
> assumed link between
> hysteria (from the Greek for "womb" and female
> nature started to
> break down.
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