BY Hannah Baxter
on Apr 15, 2015
In case you had forgotten, Instagram is apparently not down with the fact that women menstruate. Artist and poet Rupi Kaur's photograph, which revealed her period-soaked sweatpants and stained sheets, was twice taken down, although Instagram later claimed it was an accident.
Instagram is just the latest in a series of media outlets that flagrantly censor what they deem "inappropriate" depictions of the female body. Never mind that mass ... Read More
BY Evelyn Chapman
on Mar 11, 2015
Menstrual pads and street art activism have finally united in one young woman's fight for gender equality. Elone has been putting up period pads with feminist messages about rape all over her German city, and the response is already worldwide: After launching the campaign on International Women’s Day (March 8th), women in Brazil, Sweden, and the US have contacted Elone in hopes of starting similar campaigns in their own cities. This trumps any criticism and ... Read More
BY Ada Guzman
on Jan 08, 2015
For many women and girls in developing countries, menstruating is a great social, financial, and physical burden. But thanks to Femme International’s Feminine Health Management Program—an initiative that provides thousands of girls in East African secondary schools with menstrual cups—the load may be slightly lightened.
Typically, sanitary pads are $1 each—a seemingly small amount to many. But because the average daily wage of a day ... Read More
Menstruation, the least invoked of the Greek muses (though for many she shows up monthly anyway) is the inspiration for The Crimson Wave, a weekly podcast hosted by Canadian comedians, besties and habitual bleeders, Natalie Norman and Jess Beaulieu.
The ladies interview guests -- lots of comedians I’ve never heard of before, including a handful of men -- keeping the conversation on the topic of Aunt Flo: cramps, extra-long pads, birth control, viscosity, ... Read More
In the past, Bollywood actresses, like many Indian women, were dissuaded from speaking about important women's issues like feminism, menstruation, and reproductive rights; however, that has, thankfully, begun to change. Notable actress Parineeti Chopra has used her role in the spotlight to step up and speak about taboo topics concerning women and their lives, like rape and domestic assault, which often plague the lives of Indian citizens. Chopra's ... Read More
BY Julia Zdrojewski
on Oct 22, 2014
Periods: Just when you think you’ve heard every witty remark that could possibly be made about your Aunt Flo/ riding the crimson wave/ your own personal Red Wedding (you get the idea), someone awesome comes along with 23 period-related truths that will make even your heaviest of days a little lighter.
Check out Distractify’s Averi Clements’ “23 Reasons Why Getting Your Period Is Worse Than The Apocalypse” for some good ... Read More
BY Mariana Garces
on Sep 11, 2014
Girls Who Code is at it again! High school students Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser, two friends who met at the educational computer science program Girls Who Code, created the new video game Tampon Run as their final project, and it's as great as it sounds. (Don't worry, the game is not about sending your dad out during your period and crossing your fingers he buys the right brand.)
Never has a video game so aptly tackled the social stigma ... Read More
BY Emily Robinson
on Jul 31, 2014
It has been confirmed: menstrual blood is just as magical as you thought. Thanks to this VICE article, you have one more use for your evicted uterine lining (other than cool art) - plant fertilizer! Menstrual blood works to fertilize soil because it “contains three primary plant macronutrients—nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium”; those with green thumbs and a period can now save a few bucks with their blood-water solution instead of dropping tons ... Read More
BY Lex Ellenthal
on Jul 21, 2014
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- menstruation can be the living worst. It’s smelly, messy, sticky, painful, and so many other unpleasant things. Imagine how much it would suck being on your period while living in a developing country. A lot of people all over the world don’t have the money to pay for pads, tampons, pain medication, what have you. Even if they did have the money, there’s nowhere nearby to get these items for ... Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on May 23, 2014
Members of the group Sangre Menstrual at their performance in support of the "Manifesto for the Visibility of the Period."
Sangre Menstrual, a Spanish performance group, took to the streets wearing white pants and shorts stained with menstrual blood in support of their “Manifesto for the Visibility of the Period.” Sangre Menstrual wrote the manifesto to point out that, by attempting to hide our periods, a perfectly natural bodily ... Read More