Period Piece

Period Piece

An adolescent girl's family teaches her about her period. A loving satire from a 1975 sex education film for "trainables."

The advent of modern psychology brought to us the phenomenon of videos for "trainables." During the 1970s, the term "trainables" was used to describe those individuals with mild-to-moderate intellectual disabilities who, with proper training, might be able to achieve some form of self-sufficiency. Educational agencies created instructional videos based on showing repeated actions with the goal of teacher viewers how to perform basic tasks.

Using the original dialogue tracks and adding dramatic music, Lisa Hammer presents a lovingly and satirically remade video of an adolescent with Down Syndrome who is guided by her open and non-judgmental family through the rituals of monthly female hygienic maintenance.

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Period Piece

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  • Period Piece

    An adolescent girl's family teaches her about her period. A loving satire from a 1975 sex education film for "trainables."

    The advent of modern psychology brought to us the phenomenon of videos for "trainables." During the 1970s, the term "trainables" was used to describe those individuals wit...

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