Starting my period the night before a marathon would absolutely lead me to withdrawing from the race and eating several pints of Ben & Jerry’s instead. This is exactly why Kiran Gandhi is a hero and deserves all of the gold medals.
Gandhi is a Harvard Business School Graduate, drummer (playing along side M.I.A.), and all around badass. Instead of reaching for chocolate, she woke up, put her running shoes on, ditched the tampon, and finished her race in 4 hours, 49 minutes and 11 seconds.
Did you just say ditched the tampon? Yes, yes indeed, I did. Read More
BY Alice Lawton
on Jun 12, 2015
BUST interns even got in on the action!
The latest selfie trend is here: People are taking pictures with tampons to break the taboo around menstruation. Why should we be ashamed about a natural function of our bodies?!Plan UK paired up with V Point News to start this trend. The companies want to not only address stigmas and taboos about period, but raise awareness for the millions of woman around the world who go without sanitary products. You can text TAMPON to 70007 or go online to donate £3 to the cause. Read More
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 Alexa Salvato
on May 28, 2015
Gloria Steinem asked the question in a 1978 essay: What would happen if men could menstruate? Essentially, what would happen if menstrual periods were discussed loud and proud among uterus-havers everywhere?
The organization WaterAid posed this query in their new online ads for the fictional product of “Manpons.” They created the ad to raise awareness about the 1.25 billion women worldwide—that’s about a third of ALL women—who don’t have access to toilets when they’re menstruating. Read More
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
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 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 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 Ellyn Kail
on Sep 11, 2013
Just a few short months ago, Naama Bloom was operating her small business from her Brooklyn apartment. She had the concept: her company, HelloFlo, delivers monthly tampons and pads to subscribers. Meant in part to ease pubescent girls’ transition into menstruation, the packages come in various sizes and quantities, which include tasty treats to help make periods a little more fun. Bloom’s company was far from the growing empire it is today and she often had to buy products in bulk from Costco. 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