Models and Menstruation: Spare Rib Magazine, Feminism, Femininity and Pleasure


  • Selina Todd St. Hilda's College, Oxford



First published in Studies in Social and Political Thought 1, 1999

Author Biography

Selina Todd, St. Hilda's College, Oxford

Selina Todd is a writer and Professor of Modern History at Oxford University. She writes on class, inequality, working-class history, feminism and women’s lives in modern Britain. Her most recent book is The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 (2015). This paper was first published when the author was about to begin a DPhil at the University of Sussex.


Spare Rib, issues 1-21, June 1972 to March 1974

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How to Cite

Todd, S. (2017) “Models and Menstruation: Spare Rib Magazine, Feminism, Femininity and Pleasure”, Studies in Social and Political Thought, 260. doi: 10.20919/sspt.26.2016.54.