Posts tagged "menstruation"

An Open Letter To My Period On The Occasion Of Coming Early

Dear My Period On The Occasion Of Coming Early,

You’ve been arriving like clockwork for 15 years. I was never a woman that had a problem with you coming a few days late. You always showed the telltale signs: I’d feel bloated, I’d want to eat junk, and I’d be weepy. But I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 12, 2012

Bodyform Responds To Dude’s Maxi Pad Rant On Facebook

Last week, British dude Richard Neill had his mind blown when he realized that maxi pad commercials do not tell the truth: “As a child I watched your advertisements with interest as to how at this wonderful time of the month the female gets to enjoy so many things, I felt a little jealous,” he…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 16, 2012

Dude’s Maxi Pad Rant On Facebook Goes Viral

If maxipad and tampon ads were honest, women would be crying over cotton commercials in their loosest sweatpants while shoveling spoonfuls of Breyer’s into their mouths. [Can I just say that I’m not like this when I’m on my period? Maybe it’s because I’m on the pill. –Editor] Instead, commercials make Aunt Flo look like all…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2012

15 WTF Period Products

Ahoy matey! It’s that time of the month. Why not celebrate it by putting this hunky pirate cloth pad in your undies and letting him guard your hidden treasure? Or not.  Believe it or not, there’s more swashbuckling menstruation products sailing the crimson seas of Etsy. Click on through to see more WTF period product…

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 21, 2012

Mike From “Breaking Bad” Talks About Menstruation

Well before he played, sniff, grandfatherly hitman Mike on “Breaking Bad,” actor Jonathan Banks still dealt in some pretty bloody business. Here he is in a strangely long informational video about menstruation. Odd!

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 4, 2012

5 Things I’ve Learned About Tampons (In Relation To My Own Vagina) On The 20th Anniversary Of My Period

This morning, as the dull ache of cramps woke me from my slumber, I realized something kind of momentous. I have had my period for exactly 20 years. I mean, almost exactly, because I don’t know the exact date or time that my Aunt Flow first came to visit, but I do know it wa…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 9, 2012

Face-Off: Sansa Stark And Sally Draper Both Get Their Periods

Last night on “Mad Men,” something MAJOR happened, but I am not going to talk about that because I am trying to be respectful of those who do not prioritize TV watching on Sunday night and still haven’t seen the episode. However, I am going to talk about the second major thing that happened o…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 4, 2012

Maid In Singapore Put Menstrual Blood In Her Boss’s Coffee

 This is so gross even “Horrible Bosses” didn’t go there: a 24-year-old maid in Singapore has reportedly been charged for putting menstrual blood in her boss’s coffee last August. Jumiah had been working for her 38-year-old employer at his apartment for one year. Unfortunately, there are no details on why she decided to give thi…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 23, 2012

Vice Magazine Brightens Up Fashion Story With Period Blood

Fashion editorial can be so boring. When I’m flipping through an issue of Marie Claire or Vogue, you know what I often find myself thinking? Needs more blood. Period blood. The folks at Vice, who search high and low for new ways to shock people, apparently read my mind, because this month, the magazine’s fashion story — complete with wear to…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 21, 2012

Woman Finds Mold On Her Tampon, Kotex Says It’s Nothing To Worry About

Feminine hygiene products should be hygienic, no? Well, that was not the case when Danielle Parr went to insert a Kotex tampon into her hoo-ha and discovered that the tampon popped out of the applicator covered in mold. Let me repeat that: MOLD. MOLLLLLLLLLD. Luckily for her, she was, for some reason, removing the tampon from…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 29, 2012

Would You Throw Your Daughter A Menarche Party?

Ahh, periods. The first time Aunt Flow comes to town is a momentous and sometimes upsetting experience. But it doesn’t have to be! A company called Menarche Parties R Us wants to help you create a lifetime of memories by feting the first expulsion of the uterine wall. Play games like Pin the Ovaries, the…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 20, 2012

Girl Talk: I Use Birth Control For Health Reasons

One spring afternoon when I was in high school in New York City, I had a bizarre health scare. A friend and I had been lounging by the Hudson River pretending to read and philosophize but really gossiping about our schoolmates — acting exactly our age.

That afternoon, I had miserable symptoms as I alway…

By: Sarah Marian Seltzer / March 9, 2012

Libra Tampon Ad Called Transphobic For Implying “Real Women” Have Periods

When pop culture depicts transgender people, they usually do it in such a facepalm way that I wonder why anyone bothers anymore. The latest what-were-you-thinking? comes courtesy of Libra tampons in New Zealand, which aired a commercial that implies trans folks who dress as women are not “real women.” The commercial shows an ostensibly “real” woma…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 3, 2012

Is This Spoof Always Ad With Drag Queens Transphobic — Or Revolutionary?

Men aren’t usually in commercials for period products. But this spoof ad — which Proctor & Gamble denied via Twitter is affiliated with Always — has lots of them. Men in bright red lipstick, men in bustiers, men with beehive hairdos that would put Amy Winehouse to shame. The spoof stars drag quee…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 12, 2011

My Monthly Deathly Hallows And Other New Names For Your Period

Let’s get one thing straight: my period and I are not friends. And that’s why last week, when I was going through the worst of it, I started referring to my period as The Deathly Hallows. It just seemed appropriate, you know? Granted, I’ve never seen a Harry Potter movie or read the books, but…

By: Julie Gerstein / July 14, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Man Says Periods Make Women Workers Less Productive

A New Zealand man was fired from his leadership of a business group after he suggested that women are paid less because “once a month they have sick problems” and they also take time off to have kids. “I’m sorry, I don’t like saying these things because it sounds like I’m sexist, but it’s the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 8, 2011

Always Maxi Pad Ad Draws Blood

Whoa. Is … is … is that what I think it is? Is this Always maxi-pad daring to suggest that red blood is involved with a woman’s menstrual cycle? Such a thing has never before occurred in the history of tampon and pad ads, which usually imply that a soft, inoffensive blue liquid flows dow…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 7, 2011

Should I Be Embarrassed To Buy Tampons?

I just had the strangest thing happen. About 10 minutes ago, I ran to the drugstore to buy a box of tampons, picking up the latest copy of Us Weekly while I was at it. After I paid, the cashier folded the magazine around the outside of the tampon box and stuck them both i…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 15, 2011

I Am Never Trying To Skip My Period Again

I have been fascinated by the notion of going without a period since the 8th grade, when I heard about an older, incredibly beautiful girl at my school who didn’t wear underwear. I was a maxi pad user at the time — tampons did not register as an option until 10th grade — so I…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 6, 2011

Mind Of Man: What Men Think About Menstruation

When I was a little kid, my teenage sister explained to me that she had become a woman. This meant that for one week out of the month, I had better do exactly what she tells me. I would never know exactly when that week would be, so for my sake, she lovingly suggested I…

By: John DeVore / May 4, 2011