The Bible gives hundreds of rules for women to follow, both explicit and implied, in the Old Testament and the New.
For example, women should dress modestly, submit to their husbands - passages of the Bible insist that husbands are the masters of their wives - and remove themselves from their communities while menstruating.
Leviticus Chapters 15 to 18 has a passage detailing rules for women to live by - with particularly stringent rules coming into play while the woman is menstruating, stemming from the theory that women on their periods are untouchable.
During the days she was menstruating over the course of the year, the Tennessee-based writer, 31, a Christian who describes herself as 'liberated', stayed home from church, carried around a seat cushion to avoid sitting on chairs outside her home, abstained from sex and touching her husband, grew her hair out and slept in a tent.
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