BY Hannah Baxter
on May 12, 2015
Care package delivery service Hello Flo is slowly winning the advertising game, and our hearts, one commercial at a time. Aside from providing menstruating women with all of their period essentials- think tampons, pads, organizing pouch, plus surprise goodies- they have a refreshingly candid approach towards marketing their niche products and services. There's no mysterious blue liquid poured into a back lit pantyliner in these ads, but rather frank and funny commentary from real girls who are not ashamed to actually say the words "period" or "vagina". Read More
Periods aren't fun—many of us break out, get super moody, crave all the chocolate, spend an afternoon on the couch with cramps. But imagine having your period while being homeless, with no access to a clean bathroom or a place to shower, without a couple extra dollars to buy sanitary supplies. This is unfortunate the reality that homeless women face every single day, but three feminist Intagrammers are working to make things a little easier for this already vulnerable population of ladies.
This week, Colvin Kuhn (@ms. Read More
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. 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 controversy the young feminist may be receiving from those who are offended by her use of feminine hygiene products. 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 laborer in Africa is only about $1.25, the cost can be debilitating. 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, acne, and first-times. 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 female fans are grateful for this change in the public dialogue, although she continues to face opposition and sexism. 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 ol’ fashion lol-ing. We feel your pain, Averi.
Read it. You won’t regret it. Period.
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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. 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 of money on Miracle-Gro.
According to Beca Grimm’s article, you’re going to need a few things:
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