Posts tagged "menstruation"

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 always did whe…
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"…
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…
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…
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

Girl Talk: Love Me, Love My Period

The decision to cohabit with my now ex-boyfriend Jeff was prompted by a fight over my period. Jeff and I came back to my place after dinner to find my male roommate and some of his buddies sitting on the couch. He was angry because he just got laid off. He was drunk. In general…
By: Ami Angelowicz / April 28, 2011

Bleed All Over This: Patricia Field Designs A Maxi Pad

"Can I ask you a question? Who designed your maxi pad?" "Patricia Field for Kotex." "Fabulous, dah-ling!" OK, just kidding. This is a conversation that will not actually happen. Patricia Field has leant her name to Kotex, but only to cases that carry feminine hygiene products in and this trippy maxi pad…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 7, 2011

From The Archives: Disney’s “The Story Of Menstruation”

Back in the olden days, Disney Studios used to make educational videos for the youngsters using their flair for storytelling. So how might Walt Disney's genius have explained, say, menstruation to children? Wonder no longer! Above, Disney's "Story Of Menstruation." I really wish this was done in more of a trippy, "Fantasia" style, but…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 7, 2011

Girl Talk: I’m 29 And I Am Afraid To Buy Tampons

The o.b. shortage is coming to an end with supplies of non-applicator plugs re-upping in stores around the country. For me, the panic that drove women to buy boxes of overpriced tampons on eBay was solace for a shameful secret: I was 29 years old and had never gone to a store and bought menstrual…
By: Hope Ewing / February 21, 2011

Feel Sexy, Even When Your Tampon Is Leaking

So, yesterday, I ruined what I estimate to be my 57th pair of panties and stained a perfectly good pair of pajama bottoms when my tampon had a major leak. It was not a very sexy moment. But it could have been, if I had only been wearing a pair of Sexy Period panties! These…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 16, 2011

Study: Women Who Are Ovulating Buy Sexier Clothing

Despite human evolution, our primal thoughts and instinctive behaviors are still -- though subconsciously -- with us. New research from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management found that when women are ovulating, they unknowingly buy and dress in more sexy clothing in a survival of the fittest tactic to beat out other wome…
By: AOL Health / January 31, 2011

O.B. Tampons Go Missing From NYC Shelves!

This morning, a former (male) colleague of mine posted a link to a New York Daily News news story on my Facebook wall. "Right up your alley sister..." said this friend of mine. "Women searching far and wide for o.b. tampons after they mysteriously disappear from store shelves," read the headline. I am…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 19, 2011

Girls Who Start Menstruating Early Are More Likely To Suffer From Depression

I got my first period when I was 12 about to turn 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…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 5, 2011

WikiLeaks, But Our Menstrual Pads Don’t

This Pakistani billboard for Butterfly pads aptly describes what many of us ladies think when we hear the word "leaks." Doesn't it remind you of the days of yore when the iPad was the most period-y-sounding gadget ever? [AdFreak.com]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 17, 2010

Woman’s Pantyliner Causes Invasive TSA Search

We hope you've finished your Thanksgiving turkey, because the story we're about to tell you -- about a VERY invasive TSA search -- might make you sick. An anonymous woman wrote in to the website GladRags.com to let them know about her holiday airport experience. The woman went to the airport in jeans and a…
By: Julie Gerstein / November 29, 2010