A disposable absorbent article for personal wear, the disposable absorbent article having a longitudinal direction and a lateral direction, said absorbent article comprising:
a generally liquid permeable liner having a bodyfacing surface;
an outer cover;
an absorbent body disposed between the liner and the outer cover for absorbing liquid body waste and having lateral side edges; and
a flow control layer disposed between the liner and the absorbent body, the flow control layer having lateral side edges, at least a portion of each lateral side edge of the flow control layer being spaced laterally inward from the lateral side edges of the absorbent body, the flow control layer being adapted to retard the flow of liquid body waste penetrating the liner toward the absorbent body, the flow control layer having a plurality of apertures for permitting at least some of the liquid body waste that passes through the liner to flow past the flow control layer toward the absorbent body without migrating laterally outward around the lateral side edges of the flow control layer.