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Critiquing Menstrual Pain Technologies through the Lens of Feminist Disability Studies
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Human Centered Technology, Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0767-6973
University of Washington Seattle, Washington, USA.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Human Centered Technology, Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7673-0822
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Human Centered Technology, Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID.ORCID iD: 0009-0004-6727-0678
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2024 (English)In: CHI 2024 - Proceedings of the 2024 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Sytems, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) , 2024, article id 102Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
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Menstrual pain or dysmenorrhea refers to abdominal cramping or pain before and during menstruation, causing a spectrum of discomfort among people who menstruate. Menstrual pain is often regarded as 'female trouble', as a nuisance that gets dismissed or as a symptom requiring medical intervention. While there are FemTech products that explicitly attend to menstrual pain, they predominantly seek to hide it without accounting for the lived experience of this pain. In this paper we use feminist disability studies (FDS) as a critical analytical lens to reframe the understanding of menstrual pain. Using this lens, we conduct an interaction critique of FemTech market exemplars for alleviating menstrual pain. We then ofer three design provocations to better design menstrual pain technology and call for designers to attend to menstrual pain as a cyclical, chronic lived experience with the potential of spurring leaky contagious coalitions.

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Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) , 2024. article id 102
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crip theory, design provocations, dysmenorrhea, feminist disability studies, Feminist HCI, FemTech, interaction criticism, menstrual pain
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-347651DOI: 10.1145/3613904.3642691Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85194899795OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-347651DiVA, id: diva2:1869246
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2024 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Sytems, CHI 2024, Hybrid, Honolulu, United States of America, May 11 2024 - May 16 2024
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Available from: 2024-06-12 Created: 2024-06-12 Last updated: 2024-06-13Bibliographically approved

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