Construction of Negative Images of Menstruation in Indian TV Commercials

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Menstruation is a perfectly normal physiological process; however, it is problematized in TV commercials. In the current study, a thematic analysis of 50 Indian TV commercials was conducted to identify the latent themes. Social captivity, restrictions, professional inefficiency, and physical and mental discomfort emerged as major themes after the analysis. The knowledge that manufacturers use such themes for image building and creating a conducive buying environment may prevent the reinforcement of menstrual taboos in Indian society. It can also guide the manufacturers in ideating and creating positive and healthier ways of advertising female hygiene products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)756-771
Number of pages16
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Health Professions


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