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