MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Zack at 16

I have been infected by this viral video and I think I feel a little sick. I cannot deny that advertising giant Leo Burnett’s campaign for client Procter & Gamble isn’t darn clever and at times touching (for those who aren’t yet convinced that “Zack at 16” is advertising, see the list of P&G wins at this year’s Cannes Lions...

Designer gets his rag on

Furniture designer Andy Kurovets presents this shelf unit that mimics the layers of a maxi pad as it gradually absorbs menstrual fluid. While I don’t find the shelves as objectionable as my source for this bit of news does, they do strike me as a bit impractical. Won’t the wings get in the way? And loading these shelves with books...

Menstrual Cycle and Competitive Bidding

This is an interesting study, in a “Whoa! Somebody actually thought to do a study of that” kind of way. And that’s saying something, coming from someone who studies discourses of menstruation. Two economists designed a study to try to demonstrate that women bid differently in auctions depending on the phase of their menstrual cycle. They found that women...

EWW! Is That Period Blood?!

It’s been frequently noted (by many writers, not just me) that menstrual blood must remain invisible. So I was quite pleased to stumble upon this lively discussion at Feministe about menstrual blood and why it seems to have a greater squick factor than other blood – or any other bodily fluid, for that matter. Frau Sally Benz started this...

Big Pharma Used Ghostwriters to Promote HRT

I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you. The New York Times reports today that Wyeth, makers of Premarin and Prempro, hired ghostwriters to develop medical journal articles that promoted the use of these hormone treatments. The articles emphasized the benefits and de-emphasized the risks of taking hormones. Although the articles were usually signed by a physician who had read and approved...
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