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The Eternal Feminine:  Focused, Goal-Oriented, Practical, and Loving

The Eternal Feminine: Focused, Goal-Oriented, Practical, and Loving

Visiting colleges became part of our repertoire of family trips back when my daughter was a senior in high school.   We visited many schools to get a sense of the range of possibilities that existed.   As was typical, Vassar offered a tour of the campus for groups of prospective students and their parents, led by tour-guides who were undergraduate students. ...

The Medically Unnecessary Transvaginal Ultrasound and other Weekend Links

As supporters of alternative menstrual products like cloth pads and menstrual cups, sometimes we forget that there are good reasons why some people may prefer to use tampons. Cartoonist Megan Rosalarian provides an illustrated guide to her evolving attitude toward her menstrual cycle over time on her Tumblr site. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to experience a...
KOTEX IS IN THE HOUSE! (or, Is the House?)

KOTEX IS IN THE HOUSE! (or, Is the House?)

Despite occasional efforts by manufacturers of menstrual pads and tampons (the giants of the menstrual-industrial complex – thanks, President Eisenhower) to present period-positive images, they still seem unable to resist representing menstruation as an undesirable, embarrassing phenomenon. Women, particularly teens, are expected to grin and bear it as best they can while enduring their monthly misery.  Consider a recent...
Searching for Good News about Menopause

Searching for Good News about Menopause

Lately I’m fed up with the kinds of articles and news items that cross my desk (or computer screen) about perimenopause and menopause. So much of the news on this midlife transition seems negative. I hear about the new treatments for (unbearable) hot flashes or a new movie saying how terrible menopause is (remember my blog entry on Hot Flash...
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