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
BY BUST Magazine
on Nov 14, 2013
In honor of the remake of Carrie, we bring you a bloody good roundup of menses in the movies.
Menarche in the Movies
From tampon trouble to genuine terror, these young ladies just weren’t ready for their first flow.
1. My Girl (1991) - Eleven-year-old hypochondriac Vada assumes she’s hemorrhaging when she gets her first period
2. The Runaways (2010) - Cherie’s first menses bursts forth when she least expects it, so an emergency trip to a public restroom is necessary to staunch the flow.
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Yesterday we brought you Kristen Schaal’s “The Sexy Vagina” costume, but today is a new day to talk about our lovely lady bits. And what’s the best way to start off your day? With some good 'ole period talk!
Ah yes, menstruation, a truly blissful time for every woman. Obviously I’m being sarcastic, because for most ladies, that week really sucks. Read More
BY Eloise Giegerich
on Oct 18, 2013
In case Hand Job Academy’s awesome name didn’t already intrigue you, then the Brooklyn-based rap group’s new video, “Shark Week” is sure to do the job (ha ha ha GET IT?!?).
In the video, the trio, made up of three friends—Lil T, a.k.a. Meg Skaff, a 23-year-old filmmaker and the director of “Shark Week”; Clara Bizna$$, a.k.a. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Sep 13, 2013
Menstrupedia is a self-defined "friendly guide to periods which helps girls and women to stay healthy and active during their periods." That description couldn't be any more perfect! The website is simple yet incredibly informative; it treats the subject of menstruation both frankly and warmly. Needless to say, I wish I had access to something like this when I was 11 years old (I like to think the various Kotex websites that were 90% friendship-bracelet tutorials were responsible for my demise). Read More
BY Mary Grace Garis
on Jul 31, 2013
Imagine Don Corleone played by an 11-year-old, menstruation-obsessed little girl. That's this video.
It follows the touching story we're all familiar with: a little girl feels isolated at camp, until she becomes the first to get her period. Then she becomes an oppressive dictator who deals out tampons and unwarranted advice to her fellow campmates. #kidsthesedays
It's cool especially because they stray away from the lame tropes we usually see in tampon ads. Read More
BY Laurel Walsh
on Jun 27, 2013
What do you see?
A mess, maybe. But to photographer Sarah Anne Ward, these stains run deeper. Her art aims to fill them with politics, pain, and all of menstruation's cosmic complexities.
Sarah finds periods “FASCINATING” with a capital everything, and her analysis of them might make you feel the same.
“This series was mainly prompted with my struggle to accept PMS,” she says. Read More
BY Kelly Maxwell
on May 16, 2013
Are you considering updating your birth control method? If you have even once thought about the intrauterine device (IUD) but don’t have all the facts, look no further! We're here to help you with honest feedback about our experiences with IUDs.
Two BUSTies have IUDs and we have a Pharmacist Tech on staff to answer common questions about the IUD. (You can read Shelby's review of Mirena here.)
There are a few misconceptions surrounding the IUD. Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Nov 20, 2012
In rural India, over 80 percent of women use rags, often ripped from old clothing, to manage their monthly visit from good ol’ Aunt Flo. Though we’re all about environmentally friendly period solutions here at BUST, the statistics tell a different story: the often unsanitary rag cloths that women use during their periods can cause infections and even infertility, cancer, and death.
When inventor Muruganantham found out that his wife used rag cloths, he went where no man has gone before: he not only designed a sanitary pad, but tested it himself.
Seriously. Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Oct 09, 2012
Living in close quarters with your lady friends has many benefits, but studies show that menstrual synchrony—synced-up periods triggered by pheromones—may not be one of them.
In her seminal 1971 study, psychologist Martha McClintock concluded that synced cycles are related to the exchange of pheromones between women in close social contact.
However, a whole crop of studies have popped up since then that contradict the “McClintock effect”—and some that claim to disprove the existence of pheromones as a whole. Read More