[DWJ] Personal Plumbing
dragonflygreen11 at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 11 14:12:11 EST 2009
Otter Perry wrote:
>Meanwhile, can anybody think of an adult heroine who menstruates?
>Other than in chicklit, where I suppose they do, but I don't read it
>so I don't really know.
Someone else mentioned a Le Guin story--I think she's generally pretty forthright about menstruation and other bodily functions. Another instance: in Tehanu, Tenar is startled into a lie about some bloody linen soaking in a tub. Someone had been stabbed with a pitchfork, but she tells her child that her period came on early. I'm sure I could come up with other instances where needing to use the toilet and/or menstruation are mentioned in the course of things. I like that. It has to fit with the writing style, though, or it can take you out of the story. Le Guin is a very earthy writer, for the most part, so it fits.
Let the heart complete the pattern.
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