Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
W.M. Keck Science Department
Science, Technology and Society
Professor Vivien Hamilton
Professor Laura Perini
Professor Nancy Williams
This paper aims to argue that TSS prevention has been and continues to be the responsibility of the menstruator and that this responsibility restricts menstrual freedoms. First, this paper will demonstrate that tampons were an integral part of menstrual culture when the TSS health crisis began in 1980. Secondly, the efforts of the CDC to mitigate, how the mitigations played out in print media, and what tampon manufacturers were doing will be analyzed to argue that mitigations restricted menstrual freedom while simultaneously making any future occurrence of TSS a product of user error. Finally, the current preventative advice given to menstruators, current CDC activity, and current scientific understandings and activity are analyzed to argue that menstruators are still restricted and made responsible for TSS today.
Fuelling, Megan, "Mitigations of the Toxic Shock Syndrome Health Crisis: How Menstrual Freedoms Became Restricted and Menstruators Became Responsible" (2019). Scripps Senior Theses. 1387.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.