Make Your Own Menstrual Mashup!

I got my first period when I was 12, right before I turned 13. I, of course, felt like I was the last one. My friends Annie and Sarah both got their periods before me and, I swear, it bonded them in a way that made me insanely jealous. I wanted blood to flow out of my vagina too! I wanted Wil Wheaton to respond to my fan mail and I wanted to be a woman, dammit. Then my period arrived and, wouldn’t ya know, it was decided less glamorous than I had thought. Wearing a pad (my hippie mom was never down with tampons, so I had to discover those on my own a few years later) felt like a diaper and looked like one too underneath the leotard I wore to my dance classes. As an adult I’m lucky to have really, really mild cramps, but HOLYMOTHEROFCHRIST, as a teenager, every month it felt like someone was digging out my uterus with a spoon. And, gather round y’all and joins hands, because I would like for us to take a moment to remember all of the panties — so. many. panties. — that have been lost to our menstrual cycles. Hell, I’ve lost a few pairs of pants too. And a shirt once. Don’t ask.

Anyway, I share all this period TMI — hey, at least I didn’t tell you about all the times the family dog left shredded bits of used, bloody pads all over the house, OOPS, there it is, I said it — after watching the above supercut/remix video from U by Kotex. Over the last few years, the brand has been all about breaking taboos when it comes to the way periods are discussed. While I’m still holding out hope that they’re start spilling red liquid instead of blue in their commercials, I’m really encouraged by a contest they’re running based on the awesome supercut remix video above. Kotex is asking people to create their own period remix videos with the help of Sympler and Zooppa — basically, you pick the music you want, the videos you want included, and then tap along to the beat to create your own video. The best videos will win a portion of a $25,000 prize. BRB, gotta splice a bunch of horror movie scenes to the tune of “Blood” by Pearl Jam — “it’ssssssssss myyyyyyyyyyy blooooooooooooooo-oooooooooooooooooooooood!!!!!!” [YouTube: My First Period Remix]