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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 queens and lots of ‘em; each one is boo-hooing like a three-year-old girl because he’s got man parts down south. “There are some people who would just love to have a period,” the subtitling reads. “Let alone a happy one.” I, a person not usually known for her love of advertisements, think the commercial is actually pretty revolutionary. I mean, drag queens? In a commercial? And it’s not the Super Bowl and they’re not being mocked?

Other bloggers did not quite agree with me, calling the commercial “transphobic.” Keep reading »

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 come on, what’s more deathly or hallows-y than bleeding for five days straight? With that in mind, I’ve decided we need to come up with some fresh new period euphemisms, because “Aunt Flo,” “the rag,” and “my monthly lusty bloodletting” just aren’t cutting it anymore. Keep reading »

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 facts of life,” said Alasdair Thompson. The kids thing makes slightly more sense, but blaming periods on productivity and using it as justification to pay women less is absurd. Also, who calls periods “sick problems”? Is that some kind of Kiwi thing? [BBC]
  • An anti-abortion group in Wisconsin has asked the state’s attorney general to stop the University of Wisconsin medical school from teaching med students how to perform abortions. Because, really, neglecting to teach doctors how to perform and/or respond to a widespread medical procedure is an excellent idea to promote health. [Think Progress]
  • The TSA is accused of demanding to search inside a black woman’s hair. [The Grio]
  • Pop culture’s most fascinating “weak female characters.” [Flavorwire]

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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 down there. I, for one, am very glad to see Always leading the charge towards getting bloody real. [Tres Sugar] Keep reading »

Should I Be Embarrassed To Buy Tampons?

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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 in a plastic bag. Then she lowered her voice discreetly and said, “Sorry, that’s the best I can do — we’re out of paper bags.” In other words, “When you walk out of the store, someone might notice that you have just purchased tampons which may lead them to assume you are bleeding from your vagina. I am sorry I can’t do anything to prevent this embarrassment from occurring.” Keep reading »

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 couldn’t understand how this chick could go panty-less during her monthly flow.

“Where does she stick her pad?” I asked a friend as we sat on the school’s front lawn giving each other hairwraps. (It was a hippie school and it was the early-’90s.)

“Oh, I heard her tell someone that she rarely gets her period because she drinks so much water.” Keep reading »

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