Etymology of the Day: Period →
#historical patriarchal bullshit
According to the Oxford English Dictionary*, that usage first appeared in 19th-century medical books. From 1822: “The exact day between any two periods of menstruation in which semination has taken effect.” It’s used as a more explicit synonym in 1879: “Her habit is for the periods to recur every five weeks, rather freely.” And it turns up in an advertisement from 1891 hawking “Ladies’ ‘Period’ Towels.”
*The definition of “period” as “menstruation” in the OED is 3b., a subset of definition 3, which is “the time during which a disease runs its course… each of the temporal phases distinguishable in the course of a disease.” Technically, period-as-menstruation is classified a subset of period-as-disease, which speaks volumes about gender and medicine.
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