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So, I was watching Ginger Snaps, a teenage werewolf movie I first came across about two years ago. It compares the transformation into a werewolf and the changes occurring during puberty. I think of it as a path-breaking movie( for me) since it was the first time I explicitly saw menstrual blood in a film. And it was done in a good way, no one freaks out(except the girl lol), no ridicule or disgust, the mom actually bakes a cake for her daughter.See for yourself-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXY1FJhYCqU

The one in 1976 Carrie, in my opinion is pretty tame in comparison.
Usually, we have the girl discovering her first period and then the scene cuts to show her panicked face. Any other movies which relatively graphically depict menstruation without going into the horrific or disgusting territory? I can only think of the The Runaways and A Walk on the moon-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OiivsuvrZ0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KerwQ_DokIw

Just to make this question relevant to the community, in the 2013 Carrie remake the teacher should tell her about cups and she should use them in order to flout her overbearing mother's beliefs and establish her independence. I know its not happening, but I like to make up stories in my head! :D

PS, has anyone watched the documentary Red Moon- there is a trailer somewhere on youtube. It concerns the social attitude towards menstruation and I hear its done in a funny and charming way.

:)
 
the_bone_doctorthe_bone_doctor on May 7th, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
Have you seen My Girl? Vada the protagonist is extremely precocious and being raised by her father who doesn't educate her about puberty. So when she gets her period she freaks out and thinks she's hemorrhaging. It's a pretty fantastic scene. Then she gets mad at her male best friend because he doesn't have to have periods.
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 8th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to say I LOVE The Runaways. This is just one reason out of many.