The following is an excerpt from a journal written for the Introduction to Women's Studies course taught this year by Naomi Rosenthal at the State University of New York at Old Westbury. Yolette Garaud is not a native English speaker; she was born in Haiti in 1952 and came to the United States in 1971. She is now an undergraduate at Old Westbury, where she is majoring in biochemistry. Unable to write the first journal assignment, she produced the following piece within six weeks of the beginning of the course. Interestingly, according to the instructor, it was being asked to write on the topic of menstruation that elicited the students' best papers and the highest degree of classroom unity.