It’s a familiar tactic of a certain kind of charlatan to fabricate a position which hardly anyone holds (a ‘strawman’) and then construct an opposition to this phantom so as to seem so correct. It’s a common tactic of masculinists (‘all feminists are man-hating whingers’) and pro-caps (‘socialists want the State to control everything and to make everyone equal’). Dr Carnesky seems to seriously believe that: As women we’ve internalised a misogynist culture that has tabooed menstruation and said it is dirty. Really ?
The comments to the Guardian article are worth reading. I was especially struck by the argument that the claim that co-resident women tend to synchronise their cycles is no better than an ‘urban myth’. I’ve long taken it for granted that this synchronisation was what happened, and that more or less everyone was aware of it. The argument seems quite technical and involves statistical stuff which is beyond me.
I should fess up that I’m a tad prejudiced re Carnesky because of her insistence on using the word ‘synchronicity’ – a word which carries the stink of the patriarchalist pro-nazi C G Jung.