Readings & Inspiration

Specifically on menstruation:

Chris Bobel: New Blood: Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation. Absolutely seminal. Tjek the google books version here. Or check this interview.

Breanne Fahs: Sex during menstruation: Race, sexual identity, and women’s accounts of pleasure and disgust in Feminism & Psychology. This article is wonderful and actually where Moist took its name from; one of the menstruators in the piece describes her body during menstruation as “moist, just so much more moist”. I think that’s really sweet and quite poetic.

Sophie Laws: Issues of Blood: The Politics of Menstruation.  Sophie Laws’ book is pretty seminal to the menstrual debate, but seems slightly dated to me, mainly because the materialist perspective dissonates in key places with that of social constructionism. It is, however, an important read.

Andrew Shail: ‘Although a Woman’s Article’: Menstruant Economics and Creative Waste in Body & Society 13:77. This article puts a Marxist perspective on the development of the menstrual economy with a particular view to visual culture. Good background.

Other delightful theory:


 Julia Kristeva: Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection. The mother of leakiness, no way of getting around it, even if it is old and psychoanalytical.

Margrit Shildrick: Leaky Bodies and Boundaries: Feminism, Postmodernism and (bio)ethics.Margrit Shildrick’s work is super interesting and raises important ethical questions regarding distributed bodies. This one is a little bit to tied into older theory on abjection which now makes it slightly dated, but nevertheless very interesting. I look forward to getting my hands on her newer work.

Lisa Blackman. Major inspiration – Moist really started in her class at Goldsmiths. See her book The Body here.

Bruno Latour: Becoming a Nose. For the argument that bodies become in conjunction with other actors. And really just Latour heart.

Donna Haraway: When Species Meet. And everything else. She writes like a dream and she’s funny. Score.

Fact and Fiction (although, where is the boundary anyway?) that inspires me

Astrida Neimanis, Karen Barad and Magdalena Gorska for methodology and insight.

Carol Mavor‘s Reading Boyishly and Becoming: The Photographs of Clementina, Viscountess Hawarden. These books are so insanely inspiring. Carol Mavor was trained as an artist before going into art history, and that really shows in her super embodied book-works. I love love love love love it.

Samuel R. Delaney. Particularly his life writing, Times Square Red, Times Square Blue, and this little piece on his sexual encounters from the age of 13 to 17 (or something like that) that I haven’t been able to find since reading it. If I could write like this I’d be ready to leave this world.

Lots of Fluxus.

Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece, 1965

Shigeko Kubota’s Vagina Painting, 1965. (obviously)

Jesper Just and Barbara Hammer for the tactility of their films.



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