Posts tagged "menstruation"

Tampons Could Be Killing Us Softly At This Very Moment

I don't want to ruin your day or anything, but here's something terrifying you've probably never thought about: scientists barely know anything about the long-term effects of tampons on our health. Did you know that? I didn't know that! You're putting a foreign object inside yourself that was only sort of studied for safety risks, and I'm sorry to have told you…

By: Claire Hannum / April 23, 2015

This Easter, What Can We Learn From Fertility Rituals?

If I have to admit it, my interest in fertility rites was probably piqued by watching the god-awful Nicolas Cage remake of "The Wicker Man" on a new friend’s urging last summer. It’s basically a misogynist nightmare of a women’s cooperative run amok off the coast of Washington (of course), which only barely resembles the…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 3, 2015

#Problematic: Instagram Hates Your Period Stains, Trevor Noah Faces Backlash & “Going Clear” Goes After Scientology

No matter what happened to you this week, you have a brand new Sufjan Stevens record to sonically guide you through the ephemeral waters of your mommy issues, mortality, and misgivings with faith. The internet has deemed Carrie and Lowell simply “his best”, and even drifted into some convoluted comparisons with Bob Dylan. At the…

By: Chloe Stillwell / April 3, 2015

This Menstrual Blood Instagram Is Bloody Great

One of the most interesting things about making the switch from tampons to the menstrual cup -- as I did over two years ago -- is how much better I actually "get" my period as a result. While I'm not exactly throwing moon cycle parties and painting my face with menses, being a little more…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 5, 2015

Changes On Rehtaeh Parsons’ Wikipedia Page Are Being Traced To The Canadian Defence Department

Someone in the Canadian Defence Department has been editing Rehtaeh Parsons’ Wikipedia page to imply that Parsons’ father believed that she had had consensual sex with the two boys who were later convicted child pornography in her case. (Huffington Post) A letter from ISIS captive Kayla Mueller has been released by her family, in her…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 10, 2015

Get To Know The Women Of The #BlackLivesMatter Movement

Meet the women of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. [The Atlantic] Is casual, everyday sexism making women sick? [The Guardian] Islamaphobic bus ads in San Francisco have been “defaced” (I say improved upon) with images of Kamala Khan, otherwise known as Ms. Marvel, Marvel Comics’ Muslim superhero. [io9]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 27, 2015

Help Homeless Women By Donating Pads & Tampons

A tough part of being homeless and female, besides the more obvious struggles of staying safe and fed, is how to handle your period. Al Jazeera America highlighted just how desperate that time of the month can be for homeless women when Maribel Guillet, who lives in a Bronx shelter, told the publication that her periods are…

By: Claire Hannum / January 15, 2015

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…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 4, 2014

Here’s Why You Have Sleep Problems During Your Period

Damn hormones, they fuck up everything! Turns out that you’re probably not sleeping well right before and just at the beginning of your period because both your estrogen and progesterone levels are low during that time. The National Sleep Foundation says that a little less than a third of women have sleep disturbances because of…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 30, 2014

Funny Girl Sex Guide: Some Reasons Your Period Might Be Late (Besides Pregnancy)

I’ve been having pregnancy scares since before I even started having sex. This is either a reflection of the quality of sex education in California during the early-‘90s or a sign that I’m just deeply paranoid. Luckily, I’ve never actually been pregnant … just further convinced that sometimes the body likes to play mind games.

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 28, 2014

Goobers, Pollacks & Rainbow Kisses: Let’s Break The Silence On This Gross Period Stuff

Do you know how many times I’ve heard the phrase “dick cheese”? So many times. Countless times. “Period goobers”? Not so much. It’s time to change this, y’all. Dudes get to talk about their balls and penises in public all the friggin’ time. They’re so used to being able to talk openly about their dick…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / August 28, 2014

I Never Thought I’d Say This, But This Period Tracking App Is Actually Fun

This is a little weird to say, but I've come across an app that makes tracking your period kind of, um, fun! It's called Clue, and I'm convinced its pretty layout is what makes it so addictive. The design is bright and attractive but devoid of pink, flowers, or any of the other vaguely patronizing…

By: Claire Hannum / August 1, 2014

These Undies Were Made Specially For Your Period

Three forward-thinking women have put their heads together to create the ultimate in lingerie -- pretty, stain-resistant underwear meant to help you survive your period without ruined clothes and embarrassing moments. Why didn't anyone come up with this sooner!? The panties are called THINX, and they're the brain child of twin sisters Radha and Miki…

By: Claire Hannum / July 15, 2014

Girl Regrets Faking Her Period In Hilarious Tampon Commercial

I have a distinct memory of being 12 years old and seeing one of my closest girl friends go off to huddle with another girl at school. "What were you talking about?" I asked her later. "Oh, we both just got our periods so...." she explained, her voice trailing off in such a way that…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 19, 2014

What If Period Product Commercials Used Red Dye Instead Of Blue?

I don't know about you, but my monthly period never comes out looking like the watery blue liquid seen in every tampon and maxi pad commercial. What if those ads actually used red dye instead of blue to more accurately reflect the color of, you know, PERIOD BLOOD? The funny folks at Upright Citizens Brigade went there.

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 7, 2014

You Can Help This Actress Make A Movie About What Periods Are Really Like

Actress and filmmaker Kristine Gerolaga is sick of the way periods are portrayed in the media, so she set out to make a film of her own that challenges stereotypes and shows us just how unique periods can be. Gerolaga has written and will star in what is currently called "The Untitled Short Film About What…

By: Claire Hannum / March 20, 2014

Congrats, You’re Not A Crazy Bitch: Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Added To DSM-5

Well, you're a crazy bitch for a reason, at least. The exxxtreme version of PMS, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), has officially been recognized as a distinct mental disorder in the American Psychiatric Association's newest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM-5. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder affects roughly 3-8 percent of women, who report having debilitating feeling…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 21, 2013

Watch Girl Band Hand Job Academy Rap About “Owning Your Period” In Their Song “Shark Week”

I'm not sure why, but songs about menses are few and far between. I mean, for a good chunk of our lives, women bleed on a monthly basis -- why aren't more female musicians inspired to write music about their moon cycles? Well, the hilarious and raunchy-mouthed women of rap comedy band Hand Job Academy know wassu…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 17, 2013

American Apparel’s “Period Power” Shirt Is Almost Too NSFW To Show You

But I will. After the jump. With ample warning that it is very NSFW. And bloody. So, you know, if you click onward, don't blame me if you hate what you see.

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 7, 2013

Why Is The Company That Brought Us “Camp Gyno” Telling Us to Be “Discreet” About Our Periods?

Ever since that Camp Gyno ad hit, my feeds have been gushing over with all kinds of happy, squishy Period Power. Look at that little whippersnapper! She said “vag.” And after the recent Tampongate fiasco, the sight of tampons being gleefully tossed in the air is just what the doctor ordered. From the DIY Dora…

By: Claire Mysko / July 31, 2013
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