MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Save the Date! The Next Great Menstrual Health Con

Save the Date! The Next Great Menstrual Health Con

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Are There Limits to Empathy?

Readers—I need your help! Next month, I will participate in a friendly debate at the Museum of Modern Art about Sputniko!’s provocative piece “Menstrutation Machine.” We’ve written about Menstruation Machine on re:Cycling before. In short, the metal device is equipped with a blood-dispensing system and electrodes that stimulate the lower abdomen, thus replicating the pain and bleeding of a...
Side-by-Side

Side-by-Side

When I talk with young women who’ve never heard about alternative menstrual products, they often have a hard time imagining inserting something the size of a menstrual cup. For some reason, asking them to picture a silicone (or rubber) cone-shaped shot glass doesn’t ease their anxiety. Thanks to the Magical Menstruation Tumblr, I now have the perfect visual...

Respecting the Maori Menstrual Taboo

Female visitors to Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) are faced with a difficult moral dilemma regarding the taonga Maori collection included in an upcoming tour. An invitation for regional museum staff to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of some of Te Papa’s collections included the condition that “wahine who are either hapu [pregnant] or mate wahine [menstruating]” were...
Party Time

Party Time

Have you ever wanted to make a uterus piñata? Say, for a baby shower or a menarche party? Liz Henry explains how. Ms. Henry notes that the symbolism is not as violent as it might first appear: Now you might think of this as perturbingly violent or promoting the idea of bashing someone’s body part with a baseball bat....

The Period Fairy

Readers who have been with us for a while may recall meeting the Period Fairy last fall. She was greeted with mixed reactions at re:Cycling, but she’s back, now with swag! Fans of the Period Fairy can now order t-shirts and coffee mugs with her likeness and slogan, “Irritating Women Since Time Began”. She’s also started her own...
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