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Campo Woytuk, N., Juul Sondergaard, M. L., Ciolfi Felice, M. & Balaam, M. (2020). Touching and Being in Touch with the Menstruating Body. In: : . Paper presented at CHI 2020.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Touching and Being in Touch with the Menstruating Body
2020 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We describe a Research through Design project—Curious Cycles—a collection of objects and interactions which encourage people to be in close contact with their menstruating body. Throughout a full menstrual cycle, five participants used Curious Cycles to look at their bodies in unfamiliar ways and to touch their bodily fluids, specifically, menstrual blood, saliva, and cervical mucus. The act of touching and looking led to the construction of new knowledge about the self and to a nurturing appreciation for the changing body. Yet, participants encountered and reflected upon frictions within themselves, their home, and their social surroundings, which stem from societal stigma and preconceptions about menstruation and bodily fluids. We call for and show how interaction design can engage with technologies that mediate self-touch as a first step towards reconfiguring the way menstruating bodies are treated in society.

Menstrual cycles; research through design; menstruation; feminist HCI; women’s health; touching
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Human Computer Interaction
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-266768 (URN)
CHI 2020

This is a pre-print of the paper to be published at CHI 2020. QCR 20200121

Available from: 2020-01-20 Created: 2020-01-20 Last updated: 2020-01-21Bibliographically approved

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