Radical Menstruation

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Anyone now what on earth ' Radical Menstruation ' is???


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From: heather webster


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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2003 16:04:33 -0800 (PST)
From: heather webster
Subject: bloodsong ez board

hey all,

The BloodSong Collective just started an Ez board.. if anyone wants to discuss Radical Menstruation, Fertility Awareness, Non-Invasive BirthControl, or other aspects of womyn's health and sexuality. I'm really excited to talk to different people and share perspectives on this stuff..

mei (mei), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

If ever there was a contender for the "laugh out loud" thread, except I probably would have laughed at loud merely at the mention of Ladyfest fullstop!

Her Royal Highness Queen Kate (kate), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'd prefer to forget about menstruation as much as possible during the rest of the month!

Sarah McLusky (coco), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

This thread title is totally uncalled for.

Spinktor the Unmerciful (mawill5), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Sorry, but Always With Wings is the most radical feminist invention of the past 30 years, and I'll hold no truck with any other hippie nonsense.

Her Royal Highness Queen Kate (kate), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"There's a red spot in my dress and I'm proud of it!"

Tuomas (Tuomas), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

it's about breaking free from the chains of the tampon-industrial complex and making your period less of an embarrassing/scary/secret time. making your own pads, learning about what happens to your entire body during your cycle (it's not like sex ed about this sort of thing is great, esp in the states, where much of the education is sponsored by the companies marketing the absorbent cotton) relieving cramps through holistic methods, that sort of thing.

(oh, xpost. apologies for not being snarky! i actually think it's kind of cool.)

maura (maura), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm not being sarcky for once, honest. But I really honestly believe that easy and non-messy sanitary products are one of the great boons of technology and civilisation. I'm not going back to the days of cotton rags and belts, not for all the feminists in Ladyfest.

It's not embarrassing or scary, but honestly. Secret is good. As is convenient. There are lots of body functions I don't boast about, but I don't feel conflicted or ashamed of.

Her Royal Highness Queen Kate (kate), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

TS: Radical Menstruation vs Tubular Menstruation

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Maura's idea OTM, but "Radical Mestruation" is going to annoy/amuse far more people then it converts. Is Ladyfest Uk/London whatever not looking too promising, or is Kate just very easily amused?

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Do we still have to pay tax on tampons etc. as 'luxury' items?

Madchen (Madchen), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

TS: Radical Menstruation vs Tubular Menstruation

Hahahaha....mondo!

Spinktor the Unmerciful (mawill5), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I think I wouldn't feel as bad about my womenly ways if it weren't for those damn tampon commercials. What a way to totally ostracize me from my own womanhood!

Sarah McLusky (coco), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Pads, tampons, yr all chicks

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Her Majesty simply does not have a very high opinion of Ladyfest, fullstop, but this is another story...

Tampon adverts don't bother Us so much as douche adverts do.

Her Royal Highness Queen Kate (kate), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It is reading threads like this that I really, really wish I was a boy.

Allyzay, Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ally, Your wish has been granted!

GOD (coco), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hey! I can pee standing up!

Spinktor the Unmerciful (mawill5), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh girls can do that, it isn't even that hard

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Thank you god! I kiss you!

Seriously, if these hippies had health issues causing them to have a nonstop period for six months, they wouldn't be quite so proud of themselves for, you know, a normal biological function???!

Alzay, Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, but into their mouth?

oops (Oops), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i'm totally not going to shout 'i have my period!!!' from the rooftops. but secrecy about *all* aspects of menstruation is not always a good thing. it's not like a period is just a 5-days-and-out thing, and anything that can get women more into the idea that their body is not just this annoying and scary appendage (and kate, before you think i am insulting you, i fully realize that you are a fair bit more in touch with yourself than most people. but the fact still stands that the first time most american girls are introduced to even the concept of periods, it's in a weird, publicly gender-separated, corporate-sponsored (!!!) context) could be a good thing.

also, that secrecy doesn't always jibe with the idea of convenience. or have you never been in a so-called ladies' bathroom that has zero feminine products when you're in a 'oh, shit, i'm three days early' jam? (cue 'if men could menstruate' by gloria steinem here.)

maura (maura), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

There are bathrooms w/tampons available? Fuck, that's great. Unless they mostly get stuck down the toilet, which I've seen a few times.

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

If the menstruation is radical, you sure as f@#k dont wanna discuss it!

Pinkpanther (Pinkpanther), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I do agree with many of the specifics of what you're saying, Maura. After all, although I was told about menstration quite early, I still had all sorts of odd ideas about what it entailed. (Most alarmingly, I didn't realise that it was only for a few days at a time. I thought it would be a constant flow of blood!)

I think greater awareness of women's health issues in general would be a good thing - and all of this needs to be free of corporate sponsorship. I didn't realise things had got to be so bad in the States. But, as usual, most of Ladyfest UK addresses things in such a ludicrously cack-handed approach that no one can take it seriously.

Her Royal Highness Queen Kate (kate), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

There are more tampons than there are dead people in the cemetary in the financial district in the bathroom at my workplace, it's kind of frightening.

Allyzay, Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


One grows tired of tampons

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Those femail tin-can recepticles are super scary. Ive always wanted to take a crap in one.

Spinktor the Unmerciful (mawill5), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I think greater awareness of women's health issues in general would be a good thing

Especially awareness by men.

mei (mei), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The worst is when they aren't attached to the stalls correctly. ONe time I accidentally made the one on the opposite side crash onto the floor.

Sarah McLusky (coco), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

During my short career as a custodial engineer, i had major quams with those fetus tins. Whats with the kitty-litter? I used to see food and shit in there...nothing like a ripe bananna next to a bloody wad of nasty.

Spinktor the Unmerciful (mawill5), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

fetus tins

EEEWWWWWWWWWW...

mei (mei), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

see i've never been to ladyfest's workshops (i think i went to one show), so i don't really know about execution. but i really do like the concept. it annoys me to no end that the only time women are encouraged to know about their entire cycle is when they're getting ready to (/panicked by) have children.

haha ally, yeah the workplace where the ladies' room had the highest number of tampons available was also the one where there weren't many women at all.

maura (maura), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

In my middle school, one could often find used pads open in the hallway. Talk about feeling awkward about one's coming of age! Urgh!

Sarah McLusky (coco), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My workplace has a lot of tampons because we all rather suspiciously have serious defaults with our reproductive systems that have all come about since signing on at this godforesaken company. Ergo, we buy a lot of tampons. Haha there is one way to force male awareness! "Your horrible drinking water or something has made us all horribly ill!! Here's a $10k tampon bill fuckos!"

Allyzay, Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

okay, i don't mean to be disrespectful to the opposite gender, but this thread so made me lose my shit. i kep laughing out loud for at least 6-7 minutes. i'm a creep. my negative karma is going to decree me to be born as a menstuated red-blood cell next, i know it

also, the other thing i just have to add here is like a public service announcement: women, womyn, ladies, PLEASE do not ever ever ever dispose of your feminine hygiene products in the toilet/bathroom drains if you live in an old apartment building, since this WILL very probably cause the entire building's toilets to fuck up and get stuck and then explode the plumbing system ETCETERA...especially if you are living at 909 West 30th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90007

just trust me here.

Vic (Vic), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Womyn, hahhaa...

Spinktor the Unmerciful (mawill5), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Womyn" isn't actually respectful, it's condescending, but then I'm male

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Anyone who calls Us Womyn will get a used homemade tampon flung at them.

Her Royal Highness Queen Kate (kate), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 15:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

When my parents were first married, they went to live in Seattle. They shared a house with their landlord. One day the toilet got backed up. A plumber came out and worked on it for a very long time and eventually pulled out a feminine product and was like, "This here is yer culprit." My mom was mortified.

Sarah McLusky (coco), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 15:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah I am not down with "womyn".

Allyzay, Wednesday, 5 November 2003 15:03 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

But you "go down" on them, right? ha ha

I consider myself a feminist, but being around people like my mom for years and years has made me develope quite a sense of humor about this sort of thing.

Sarah McLusky (coco), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 15:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

see i've never been to ladyfest's workshops (i think i went to one show), so i don't really know about execution. but i really do like the concept. it annoys me to no end that the only time women are encouraged to know about their entire cycle is when they're getting ready to (/panicked by) have children.
-- maura (maur...), November 5th, 2003

I went to a couple of workshops, not about menstruation, and they were fascinating.

Men never really get to know abt the full cycle, which is a shame.

At the risk of sounding like a TOTAL idiot, is it true that sometimes the cycle gets linked to the moon? I read it on a quite believable website, but it seems a bit unlikely.
Seriously, I don't know!

mei (mei), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 15:09 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Well, I have read that if you sleep somewhere that you are actually exposed to the moon on a regular basis, then your menstral cycle synchs up to it. I don't know if this is true or just an old wives' tale.

Generally, womens' menstral cycles tend to just synch up to whatever woman they spend the largest amount of time in close proximity to. Unless they're on the pill. Selfish women, going on the pill and wrecking havoc with their sisters' cycles!

Her Royal Highness Queen Kate (kate), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 15:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

*sneaks away*

Pinkpanther (Pinkpanther), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 15:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

hey, i didn't mean to condescend -> its not me who made "womyn" up, its radical feminists! isn't it? there are all these "womyn's organizations" on campuses, we must contact one to find out

Vic (Vic), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 15:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've been reading this book called "Desire: The Politics of Sexuality" or something like that. And one of the most interesting things about it is talking about the polarisation of the Feminist Movement, and its eventual split into various factions - radical feminism, cultural feminism etc. etc. etc.

People's reactions to the extreme (including my own dislike of Womyn etc.) is rather tempered by the idea that many of the more moderate ideas of feminism have already been accepted into the mainstream.

Her Royal Highness Queen Kate (kate), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 15:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Nah I don't blame you Vik, if yr worried, you rule

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 15:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Anyone who calls Us Womyn will get a used homemade tampon flung at them.

At last a legit context for me to shout "MENSES FIGHT"!

(ew)

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 15:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My Actionette girls performed at Ladyfest Bristol, and had a good time (although then had a dodgy Independant article written later, shame...) but being in Manchester, I didn't tag along for that one. They were in it for their version of feminism, which means girl-organised events done the way they like it (i.e. lots of alcohol, glitter, getting dressed up together - a bit like a giant pyjama party.) The Independant writer didn't think that was radical enough. Bad Actionettes! Bad feminists!

I had a look at the Manchester Ladyfest website but the kinds of bands and workshops didn't appeal, so I didn't check it out.

My sex ed classes in 1980s Toronto were ok - we definitely went through everything in a lot of detail. The boys were made to sit through it too, although they were banned from the breast self-examination film (but were peering desperately through the door when it was screened!)

I do think pads/tampons should be a lot cheaper, but I especially think that condoms, pregnancy tests, the pill etc. are insanely overpriced - and I mean as in Boots or Superdrug, as not many people are likely to travel to the family planning clinics that dish stuff out for free or nearly free. Younger peeps with limited spending money are not going to fork out £6.99 for 12 condoms (about the cheapest you can do from Boots)

elisabeth k, Wednesday, 5 November 2003 15:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Anthony is braver than I am.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 6 November 2003 05:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Well my head hurts now...

ModJ (ModJ), Thursday, 6 November 2003 05:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

More seriously, although I can't imagine why anyone would want to hand make towels/tampons, any more than they would want to handmake almost anything else

There are some scare stories circulating about dioxins in name-brand tampons and other products. (Yes, dioxins are nasty; no, reputable scientists do not think they are in tampons in high enough a concentration to cause the problems these scare stories claim.)

j.lu (j.lu), Thursday, 6 November 2003 05:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Are dioxins the new Toxic Shock Syndrome? Cause I was so scared of TSS as a teenager that I never tried tampons, and by the time I was old enough not to be scared, I realised I was never going to get used to tampons, they were too uncomfortable!

Citizen Kate (kate), Thursday, 6 November 2003 12:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

They are far more comfy than towels, if they're in right you shouldnt be able to feel them anyway. The taboo are periods is odd in my life. I talk openly & freely about them with j & have never felt embarassed or anything (this may have something to do with the fact that he grew up in a house full of women) but my dad would leave the room if me & my mum were talking about them. Prob partly embarassed but mostly because he always thought it was so unfair that I should have to go thru that.

Pinkpanther (Pinkpanther), Thursday, 6 November 2003 12:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Mrs Tampax came to visit us at school with lots of free samples and a handy box to carry them in so nobody would know what had fallen out of your bag (except that every girl in your year had an identical handy box). The tampons were doused with ketchup and flung around the canteen at lunchtime.

Madchen (Madchen), Thursday, 6 November 2003 12:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Nice!

Pinkpanther (Pinkpanther), Thursday, 6 November 2003 12:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I noticed that Sainsbury's had a very good selection of organic tampons when I was last there, they must have a demand for them.

Vicky (Vicky), Thursday, 6 November 2003 12:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I really honestly think that you have to start quite young on tampons to get used to them. Because I've never got my head - or rather, my twat - round the things. If I had had them explained to me at an early age (not necessarily in a Tampax sponsored health class, mind you) I might have got used to them.

Most boys are not so OK with feminine products. I knew it was love when HSA actually went out early one Sunday morning to get a pack of Always for me when I was caught out early!

Citizen Kate (kate), Thursday, 6 November 2003 12:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I think there would be a problem if a male partner refused to purchase sanitary products.

Pinkpanther (Pinkpanther), Thursday, 6 November 2003 12:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Well, I usually end up having to buy the condoms, so fair's fair.

(Though I do know girls who feel awkward and uncomfortable purchasing condoms, as well.)

Best purchase ever: a bottle of vodka, a box of condoms and a jar of vaseline. (All for totally unrelated purposes, but it did make the counter girl at Sainsburys stare.)

Citizen Kate (kate), Thursday, 6 November 2003 12:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

sounds like a classic night! I have bought condoms in the past which can feel a bit weird. Best thing to do is buy them with your shopping. It's better if you're there with your partner though, esp if there's an older lady at the checkout. Classic if it's a young lad though, just watch him go red! *sniggers & points*

Pinkpanther (Pinkpanther), Thursday, 6 November 2003 12:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I like to get condoms at pharmacies cause it feels all medicinal, like. (Plus Boots own brand are often cheaper.) I feel very kinky carrying them around in a paper bag!

Citizen Kate (kate), Thursday, 6 November 2003 12:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

they're so expensive, I'm glad i don't have to use em.

Pinkpanther (Pinkpanther), Thursday, 6 November 2003 12:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

ha, kate - that reminded me of when I bought three boxes of condoms (hey, it was 3 for 2!) and some razor blades for the bf at Boots - the old lady on the till stared at me very primly and whisked them into a double bag.

I don't know if the bf would be embarassed to buy me tampons, because it hasn't come up yet. I keep such a huge stash that I rarely run out, and just tend to stock up whenever they're on sale. I'm like a squirrel, me.

elisabeth k, Thursday, 6 November 2003 13:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I don't send the boy out for girly things because what if he picked up the wrong ones! They change the packaging so often on Always that I can hardly keep it straight myself. Also last time I sent him out for coffee beans, he came back with decaf grounds. Boys! Incompetence is their best defense!

teeny (teeny), Thursday, 6 November 2003 13:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

HSA tried that tack with cooking. I don't let him get away with anything else. I mean, when he sends me off to find bizarre scientific or art supply things, I come back with the right thing, so I *know* that he can differentiate.

Citizen Kate (kate), Thursday, 6 November 2003 13:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Just send him with the empty pack teeny!

Pinkpanther (Pinkpanther), Thursday, 6 November 2003 13:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Early on, my mom told me this horror story about her best friend who wore a tampon in a jacuzzi and ended up having a hysterectimy! (note, I do not know how to spell this word as I don't have to type it very often now do I?) So, yeah, I never got into them either.

Now for my own horror story, which I'm sure I've mentioned before as it's so traumatic. My exboyfriend snuck up behind me in the hall between classes in 7th grade, opened my bookbag, and found my pads. He immediately started throwing them all over the hall and saying, "Hey! Look everyone!" But then I guess he realized no one cared and he slunk off.

Sarah McLusky (coco), Thursday, 6 November 2003 14:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Early on, my mom told me this horror story about her best friend who wore a tampon in a jacuzzi and ended up having a hysterectimy!

You make this sound like it happened in the jacuzzi.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 6 November 2003 14:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Mrs Tampax came to our school too Madchen.

I don't have a problem talking about stuff like that with the boyf either, of course he is just humouring me and could care less about the new "cotton like" topsheet...

On a shopping expediton for various girlie things for me the checkout lady asked him if he was leading a double life and sniggered, he was tres embarrassed!

smee (smee), Thursday, 6 November 2003 16:08 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Am I totally sad to be excitined that, thanks to double coupons, I am going to get $1 offf on tampons at the grocery store?

tokyo rosemary (rosemary), Thursday, 6 November 2003 16:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

oh oh oh pussy control

0+>, Thursday, 6 November 2003 16:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I love that I know exactly who posted that without needing any clues.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 6 November 2003 16:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

why didnt mrs tampax come to our school? *stamps foot*

Pinkpanther (Pinkpanther), Thursday, 6 November 2003 16:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I think this thread got started PRECISELY when my period started.

teeny (teeny), Thursday, 6 November 2003 17:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Dude (actually, technically Dudette), now that IS radical!

Citizen Kate (kate), Thursday, 6 November 2003 17:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I think this thread got started PRECISELY when my period started.
-- teeny (teen...), November 6th, 2003.

Oh hey, we must have synchronized. No, wait...

mei (mei), Friday, 7 November 2003 16:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

So anyway, I meat this thread in earnest. I asked the person who used the phrase originally and they said:



> Message: 1
> Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2003 06:19:30 -0800 (PST)
> From: heather webster
> Subject: radical menstruation>?
>
> well.. I'm kinda glad you asked what radical menstruation is.. It's actually pretty broad and such a general term that it's open to individual interpretation.
>
> However, what I can answer is what is radical about menstruation? Tampons are made out of cotton./rayon fibers (unless you buy organic only cotton). In the US cotton is one of the most pesticide -ridden crops. Rayon is a synthetic fiber derived from wood pulp, and in the processing of rayon Dioxin is produced ( a harmful chemical linked to cervical cancer, endometriosis, tss, yeast infections, low sperm count (for guys who interact with a dioxin-tainted vagina), cuts in the vaginal walls, and birth defects. We are concerned about thoes chemicals being absorbes through our vaginal walls and fucking us up BIG time. So...We started a womyn's health and sexuality collective and the first thing we focused on was the health of menstruation. We did a lot of work and research on these chemicals and alternatives to tampons (like the keeper, homemade cotton or flannel pads, organic tampons, and stuff like that). We also looked at the impact tampons have on the enviorment- as a form of waste
> and as a chemical hazard, and the shame surrounding OUR BLOOD.
>
> So, currently we carry 8 or so zines about having a healthy period, practicing non-invasive birth control (fertility awareness through tracking your ovulation cycle (for more info see Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler)).. We also distro homemade pads, speculums, we give away info on making your own pad, and stuff like that..
>
> So, what I mean by Radical Menstruation is Menstruation Activism, tampon's are'nt healthy and if you do reaserch on them and still wanna use 'em that's fine. But I'm pretty angry that I was never told how harmful they can be. And I think it's importnat to get the word out there so menstruators can make informed decisions about thier health.
>
> if anyone wants more info.. I'd be happy to send zines and good stuff.. I'd just want $$ for shipping..especially cause most of y'all are in the UK...Wait, not necessarily- I'm actually visiting London from Nov 22-29 if there's someplace I could leave info??
>
>


mei (mei), Friday, 7 November 2003 16:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Nutcases.

smee (smee), Friday, 7 November 2003 16:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'd be a lot more inclined to actually be interested in what she has to say if she didn't use the bloody word "WOMYN". Sigh. But perhaps that's just my own personal prejudices. It just taints What She Has To Say (quite interesting) with this sort of stupid feminist sloganeering Ladyfest slant which makes a lot of people who would other wise be interested completely turn off.

Citizen Kate (kate), Friday, 7 November 2003 16:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I would like to see the research she's citing. I can't help thinking that if tampons were categorically unhealthy, female reproductive health would be a disaster almost across the board. (Maybe it is and I just don't know.)

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Friday, 7 November 2003 17:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

no http://www.vietgrove.com/images/hatorade.gif drinking on "womyn", plz.

(nb obv i like "womyn" coz it's a funny spelling, actually it's my favourite funny spelling)

Pashmina (Pashmina), Friday, 7 November 2003 17:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

uh, the tampon companies have a very vested interest in keeping the health risks associated with their products as on the down-low as possible. see this story (which originally ran in the village voice) as one example.

maura (maura), Friday, 7 November 2003 17:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

(and actually the other stories linked from there are also v informative, albeit 10 years old or so)

maura (maura), Friday, 7 November 2003 17:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

We started a womyn's health and sexuality collective....Menstruation Activism

alarm bells there...

Jay Dee Sah Mon (Kingfish), Friday, 7 November 2003 18:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

uh, the tampon companies have a very vested interest in keeping the health risks associated with their products as on the down-low as possible.

Wow, that never occurred to me!

some dumbass, apparently (Dan Perry), Friday, 7 November 2003 18:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I find almost everything about menstrual cycle really fascinating. I wouldn't necessarily want to have periods, but I do wish I were more overtly forced to recognize the physiological cycles my body undergoes (and how they affect my behavior, my appearance, etc.) -- they're so obscure that I can't recognize them.

I don't remember learning anything at all in sex-ed about the fertility cycle, just that girls get periods and wear sanitary napkins during them so as not to make a mess. What a joke!

I also think the idea of menstrual cycles synching-up is fascinating (though there has been some scientific suggestion that this can be explained by mere random coincidence). I hopefully imagine that there is a good deal of behavior-mediating chemical communication going on between individuals that we haven't yet learned to recognize. And of course, the less physically shielded we are from each other, the more influence these things have.

If "radical menstruation" (a perverse name, obviously) is the response to our mindlessly commercial, interventionist health care system and paranoia-inducing health education strategies, then bully for it.

Kris (aqueduct), Friday, 7 November 2003 21:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

Okay why has my period been going on for five weeks?

Abbott of the Trapezoid Monks (Abbott), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's getting A-SPENSIVE.

Abbott of the Trapezoid Monks (Abbott), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

i read this as racial menstruation :/

velko, Friday, 30 January 2009 18:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Be colorblind, don't be so shallow.

Abbott of the Trapezoid Monks (Abbott), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://members.shaw.ca/revchu/stuff/men2zb.gif

salsa shark, Friday, 30 January 2009 22:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

Buy some cheap red t-shirts to cut up and use as supplemental pads?

WmC, Friday, 30 January 2009 22:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

why isn't there a menstruation emoji

Οὖτις, Friday, 11 January 2019 17:41 (two months ago) Permalink

I just use the volcano emoji.

Yerac, Friday, 11 January 2019 17:49 (two months ago) Permalink

well, then what do you use for volcanos

Οὖτις, Friday, 11 January 2019 17:55 (two months ago) Permalink

The dancing lady.

Yerac, Friday, 11 January 2019 18:04 (two months ago) Permalink

lol

Οὖτις, Friday, 11 January 2019 18:36 (two months ago) Permalink


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