MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Caitlin Moran writes about menstruation

Caitlin Moran writes about menstruation

Caitlin Moran is a prize-winning columnist for The Times of London where she has been publishing witty, pithy, and sometimes acerbic pieces about film, pop culture, politics and whatever random subject strikes her interest for the last 24 years. Unlike most regular columnists, she moves back and forth between light entertainment pieces and hard hitting op-ed material deftly. The closest... read more
Judy Blume’s Women Bleed

Judy Blume’s Women Bleed

David Linton on how novelist Judy Blume incorporates menstruation into the lives of her characters The author Judy Blume broke the menstrual barrier back in 1970 with the publication of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, one of the most memorable and influential books (along with Steven King’s Carrie) to include specific references to the period. In... read more
TO SIR, WITH LOVE (but not for the period)

TO SIR, WITH LOVE (but not for the period)

The death of To Sir, With Love author E.R. Braithwaite, prompts David Linton to critique the iconic menstrual-pad-burning scene Sadly, not every novelist who has included menstrual references in the stories being told has done so in a positive, or even a neutral, fashion. In fact, in some cases the negative, stigma-ridden nature of such elements has been, at least... read more
SMCR Member Profile: Menstrual entrepreneurship as activism

SMCR Member Profile: Menstrual entrepreneurship as activism

Alyssa Bertram, CEO and Founder of easy. Easy. is a subscription delivery service for 100 percent organic cotton menstrual hygiene products. We deliver quarterly to women’s doors across Canada and the United States. We serve to empower women both locally and abroad by donating 5 percent of all profits to delivering pads and health education to girls in Kenya through... read more
It’s time to send in the feminists

It’s time to send in the feminists

In the aftermath of the U.S. Presidential election, it is hard to find the strength to adhere to our day-to-day work as  menstrual health advocates, champions, researchers, teachers, and etc. Some of us doubt that our work is relevant enough or urgent enough to matter in this historical moment. But of course it is. We are doing the deep tissue... read more
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