Menstruation by Disney

In 1946, the International Cello-Cotton Company (now Kimberly-Clark) commissioned the Walt Disney Company to make a short film about menstruation, to be shown to kids in health class. According to Wikipedia, it represents the first use of the word “vagina” in a screenplay. (I read a few references to it having been “banned”, but can’t find anything about who allegedly banned it, or from whence.)


It’s actually pretty good… Progressive, even, in some places. (Less so in others.) This is about as much information as I got taught forty years later, and is probably less than a lot of kids learn now. Certainly we’re much more prudish today about how we discuss and show how reproductive processes work than we were when this was made.

What do you think? If this were to be shown in schools today, would it be a step forward, or backward (or a little of both?)

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