Menarche, for those of you who do not know, is the name of the time when women first begin menstruation. Since any topic even vaguely related to sex is considered embarrassing for many American parents to discuss with their children (though not too embarrassing to do to get children in the first place), public schools have stepped in to educate children on these important facts. Since many teachers are just as squeamish, industrial filmmakers put together films that teachers could easily show to a class and then answer questions (or refer questions to provided booklets), leaving all the awkward heavy-lifting to the film.
Plus these films cut down on weird loner telekinetic teenagers destroying the entire senior class after being doused in pig’s blood.
Films Discussed (all with links for online viewing): The Story of Menstruation / Molly Grows Up / It’s Wonderful Being a Girl / Naturally… a Girl / All Women Have Periods