The Rule of the Menarchy and another lesson in power

So the previous page is basically my visual paean to menstruation and a woman’s reproductive system, one of my favourite topics. Personally, I think that the predominant North American conception of the menstrual cycle as a sign of weakness reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of how power works. The menstrual cycle is an indication in fact, of great power. Because you never get power for free.

Think of power as fluid that flows. (Double entendre very much intended by the way.) If that flow is weak, then the structure through which it courses through can also be weak. However, if it is strong, then the structure requires greater strength, greater investments and greater maintenance – all of which come at a greater cost. For if the structure is too weak for an influx of power, that power will damage it, much like how a massive power surge can cause a blackout to a power grid. Now, consider that pregnancy and birth are two of the most powerful, transformative biological acts the human body can engage in (puberty being another). It should come as no surprize then, that the structure to facilitate a safe flow of this power requires constant, monthly maintenance and biological investments.

Of course, it is in the best interests of the patriarchal order to disavow this power by focusing on the cost of power rather than the power itself. Dealing with power is not easy. But to call it a curse? To dread the task of maintaining your conduit to power?

czech eggs

On a more technical note, the decorative details of the previous page don’t adhere to the Art Nouveau/Alfons-esque motifs used throughout, but they were also inspired by Czech art – in this case, traditional egg decorating as the ovaries reminded me of eggs.