Episode 30: Eve’s Curse: Menstruation Taboos Across Cultures

In this episode Elizabeth and Bea discuss period taboos and cultural beliefs around menstruation. Some of it’s good, some of it…not so much, so grab some chocolate and settle in.

*Note: Elizabeth’s audio has some issues for the first 30 minutes, but after that, we’re good.


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