Women unconditioned by pejorative patriarchal taboos against the menstrual cycle were surely in fine tune with all its phases. They knew, in their bodies and dreams, the possibilities of the moon. To know something is to be it. We neglect her rights at our cost! We no longer contain our cycle; under patriarchy we are chained to it, in fear, shame, annoyance—and under constant threat of unwanted pregnancy.
Under patriarchy, menstruation is a punishment rather than a gift. Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and other Father God religions trace the evil of women to menstruation.” –Monica Sjoo & Barbara Mor, The Great Cosmic Mother