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 the Explorer menstruation demonstration to the Santa-for-your-vagina line, the whole thing is like feminist wet dream — of the crimson variety.
And there’s a backstory, too! The ad is for a company called Hello Flo, started by Naama Bloom, who followed her passion to become an entrepreneur, despite the fact that her own mother thinks she’s “nuts.” There are so many feel-good feelings here that my uterus is literally smiling right now.
So shit, why do I have to be the Debbie Downer needle screeching this super awesome record to a halt? Keep reading »
Hello there. I’ve spent a good portion of my morning trying to learn all there is to know about Pad Gardner, the guy who is trying to become a pink, disposable maxi pad. To quote Pad’s Tumblr “About Me” section:
“I am a guy that is becoming a pink disposable feminine pad, and later on I will be pressed against a soft vulva for a woman’s period … I have wanted to become a pad since I was 10 years old.”
In my stalking of Pad, I’ve grown quite fond of him. Not fond enough to let him be my pink, Kotex overnight maxi pad, but still, pretty damn fond. After the jump, I’d like to share everything I’ve learned about Pad and I hope you will grow to adore him the way I have. Keep reading »
For the last week or so, I’ve been somewhat convinced that I’m pregnant. For the most part, this belief was paranoid, but also not entirely outside the realm of possibility. I had a proper French affair when I was in Paris a few weeks ago and at one point there was a broken condom situation, though we realized it was broken and replaced it with a fresh one prior to, ahem, any fluids reaching their apex, so to speak. But I know how babies are made and I’m a total hypochondriac, so when my period failed to arrive on the day it was supposed to, and the day after, and the day after that, and I started feeling gassier than usual, well, I began to panic. I started to type “gas sign of” into Google and the search engine, seemingly reading my mind, autofilled the rest with “early pregnancy.”
Oh god, I thought. It was all but confirmed. Keep reading »
We’ve all heard/seen/experienced that moment of horror when there’s a blood stain on your pants. Whether it happened at the grocery store or in front of your besties, it’s kinda embarrassing. But have no fear, a new line of underwear has been developed to prevent that from ever happening again! Enter Thinx: a “period underwear” company started by 3 young women. The company’s slogan is: “Underwear for the 21st century. No more worries or embarrassment — just full support and style!”. The line of underwear starts at $28 and goes all the way to $78 for the fanciest pair. They range from the every day hip hugger style to special shapewear ones with two mini heating pad inserts. Wait…what?! This pair of panties has a secret compartment for heating pads?! Yes, this $68 “Shapewear Comfy Thinx” design has 2 heating pad compartments. Read more…
Your annual visit to the lady doctor isn’t necessarily the most pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Between the poking, prodding and your casual evasion of pointed questions like “How many drinks do you have a week?”, going to the the gynecologist is a necessary but not entirely awesome experience. I usually leave the gynecologist with a list of unanswered questions, and I always resolve this situation by taking to Google with a glass of wine, self-diagnosing through the mess of Yahoo! Answers forums and WebMD. It goes without saying that this never really works out for the best. This time, we’ve decided to do the work for you! We consulted the best of the best on the Internet to come up with answers to all those burning questions that feel a little too personal to ask your doctor. Keep reading »
A special experience in every woman’s life is the day she sits through a 45-minute sex ed class in middle school, trotting out after the fact clutching a plastic bag with deodorant, a tampon and a pamphlet called “What’s Happening to My Body?” Sex ed class is something that no one really remembers, only because the education presented is so bizarre. To commemorate this special time in everyone’s life, here are the seven most absurd puberty videos YouTube has to offer. Keep reading »
Well you can get just about everything else delivered to your door, why NOT tampons?
I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been there, right? Out of tampons just when you need one the most, ie, Aunt Flo has arrived. I make it a point to always keep one in my purse just in case I, or a friend, needs one but being left in the lurch does happen. So it’s actually surprising it took so long for a tampon subscription service to pop up. Actually, there’s three. Read more …
I originally planned to make this a list of the best menstruation moments in pop culture, but quickly discovered that Hollywood in particular does not have a very positive track record when it comes to tackling the crimson wave in movies and TV. Books and music have done a little better, but for the most part, periods have been portrayed either as something to be revolted by or feared, or for over-the-top comedic effect. So, instead this list evolved in the most memorable menstruation moments in movies, music, books and on TV, for better or worse. I know that there are others I didn’t include, so share any additional memorable period references in pop culture in the comments! Keep reading »
For a variety of totally valid reasons — cramps, bloating, stained underwear, fear of attracting sharks — periods have a pretty bad reputation. Ladies, I hear your exasperated signs upon pulling down your pants to pee and realizing your new pair of sexy panties must be thrown away; I know how it feels to have a field trip to Disneyland totally ruined because your lower abdomen feels like it’s being stabbed with a hot knife; and I, too, have calculated just how many pairs of shoes could have been purchased with the amount of money spent on tampons in my life thus far. But! Periods are not all bad. In fact, there are nine just as valid reasons to rejoice in your moon cycle. Here’s why I’m psyched to still be surfing the crimson wave… Keep reading »
“Tampon Vs. Moon Cup Rap Battle” just might be the most clever advertising I’ve ever seen about periods (not that that’s saying much, as the bar is set rather low). Props to the Moon Cup people for realizing that some people just think they’re a bunch of gross, weird, period blood-collecting hippies. They kinda are, but Moon Cups are way better for environment and vaginal dryness! I think I learned more about how my vagina works from this video than in years of health class. [YouTube]