Thursday, September 13, 2012

From Menarche to Menopause: A Journey through Time

by Dr. Margaret Aranda

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AUTHOR'S NAME:  Dr. Margaret Aranda
TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT:   From Menarche to Menopause:  A Journey through Time
GENRE:  Adult Non-Fiction
WORD COUNT: 120,000


Femininity is equated with passages through the pagan symbolism of the Three Goddesses:  The Maiden, The Mother, and The Crone.   At the time of our first period, Menarche, we had our First Talk.  At Motherhood, we didn't really need a formal 'talk'; it just happened over the course of months and years.  Some of us never entered Motherhood.  After age 40, around Menopause, we had...we had our...we had our well, nothing.  We never had The Second Talk.  So many of us Baby Boomers are peri-menopausal, and what is a woman to do?  First, estrogens cause uterine cancer and breast cancer, then progesterone makes it better.  And what about testosterone for women?  

From Menarche to Menopause starts with menarche: its history, culture, and conceptions since the time of Aristotle.   Then it accompanies today's Spirited, Fit and Forty Woman's speedy life, fast-forwarded to the here and now.  Let's give you that Second Talk, ripe for today.  You do remember where you were when you started your first period, don't you?  You do remember who gave you The First Talk.  Well, sit right down and get the kids in another room.  Oh, and it's okay to grab that cup of coffee.  Time for a funny and light-aired female physician standpoint.  Your journey through The Second Talk is about to begin.

First 150 Words:

My "First Talk" wasn't actually a "talk" talk.  I was 13 years old, and my Mother handed me a red hardcover book.  The Red Book.  I was told to turn to say, the seventh Chapter.  Okay, basic Anatomy.  The vagina was depicted in a large color illustration of the uterus and Fallopian tubes, and there was a small illustration of the penis. 

No preamble, no introduction, no warning.  Initially it was pretty boring.  A couple was sitting on the couch.  A married couple.  They made a big deal about that part.  Horrified, my eyes widened as the penis was inserted into the vagina.  What?  I had to read it over again.  How did that happen so fast?  Wait!  How did that happen so fast?  How could that happen with their clothes on?  I read it again.

They definitely still had their clothes on.

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Dr. Margaret Aranda's Books:

No More Tears en Espanol
Face Book Page: Stepping from the Edge
Little Missy Two-Shoes Likes to go to School
From Menarche to Menopause: A Journey through Time

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