BY Olivia Harrison
on Jun 08, 2015
The average American woman uses more than 16,000 tampons in her lifetime, yet the history behind our cotton comrades remains a mystery to many. The commercial tampon as we know it today is actually a significant cultural artifact and a feat of technical engineering that has been shaped by many invisible forces throughout time.
The Atlantic dove into the long and fraught history of these small wonders. Here are a few surprising facts.
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BY Olivia Harrison
on Jun 05, 2015
Happy Friday BUSTies! It’s officially the weekend, and we know you deserve a treat after a week of kicking ass. So, here are some of this week’s feminist new stories to catch up on while you unwind with a few cocktails or an entire pizza, whatever strikes your fancy ‘cause it’s the freakin’ weekend. Read More
BY Alice Lawton
on Jun 04, 2015
Gone are the days of wearing all black and extra layers when you get your period! No longer must you deal with annoying maxi pads or pantiliners!
THINX has invented a product to end all that: special underwear designed either to be a back up for tampons and menstrual cups or replace them entirely, if you dare. Each pair of underwear has four layers to “ensure each and every pair is completely antimicrobial, moisture-wicking, leak-resistant, and absorbent.”
Despite being really fancy-sounding, you can wash THINX like you would any pair of skivvies. 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 PRINCESS WEEKES
on Apr 03, 2015
Canadian women are fighting to remove the Government Sales Tax on menstruation products because according to the powers at be, tampons are more of a luxury than chocolate.
Back in 1991, the Canadian government decided to remove the tax on things considered basic groceries and medical needs. Under this law, items like chocolate, pizza pockets, contacts, and incontinence items fall under this category, and are therefore not taxed. Tampons, pads, and other menstruation products are considered luxury items. Read More
BY PRINCESS WEEKES
on Mar 27, 2015
Instagram has a problem with periods. Recently, the social media app removed several pictures uploaded by poet and photographer Rupi Kaur because they violated the "community guidelines." Her violation was posting pictures that showed her menstruating.
Part of an artistic collaboration between Rupi and Prabh Kaur, the art project was done to expose that even though we are comfortable with sexualizing women, belittling and abusing them, we are still disgusted by the menstrual cycle. Read More
BY Samantha Albala
on Sep 03, 2014
You are the coolest and best friend you'll ever have, so why not celebrate that and find some sweet stuff to mail yourself? Everyone loves getting packages and these days subscription boxes are the perfect way to show yourself you care. Peruse this list and find the perfect package that will make you do the happy dance! Or, I suppose you can get one of these subscriptions for a good friend, too.
1) FabFitFun: A fitness and beauty subscription for every season created by the powerhouse, superwoman, and E! News host Giuliana Rancic. 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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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 many of these people. What’s worse, not having pads often prevents these girls from going to school. 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 function, we are participating in the patriarchal system and effectively punishing ourselves for being women. Read More