MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Putting the ‘Men’ in Menstruation

re-blogging re:Cycling In celebration of our fifth anniversary, we are republishing some of our favorite posts. This post by David Linton originally appeared October 8, 2009. A lot of ideas get hatched in a bar over drinks with friends. Most don’t make it past the sober morning after.  But a conversation in a Denver bistro in 2008 led to the...

The Netflix of Menstruation

It was probably inevitable that the success of Amazon, I-Tunes, Domino’s Pizza, and a plethora of home delivery and on-demand food services would spawn a menstrual product service industry. And here it is, the NetFlix of menstruation: Le Parcel. Le Parcel acts as a clearing house for the home delivery of three major brands of pads, panty liners, and...
Cosmo’s Menstrual Politics

Cosmo’s Menstrual Politics

Saniya Ghanoui and David Linton How peculiar are the sexual politics of Cosmopolitan magazine?!?! We previously noted the editorial avoidance of menstrual sex, but let’s take a look at their most recent ride on the menstrual cycle. On one hand, Cosmo aspires to liberate women from sexual repression into a world of ever better orgasms and perpetual youth and...
PMS Is Not Universal

PMS Is Not Universal

Not only does PMS not turn women into Vikings, heavyweight boxers, or Mexican wrestlers (see yesterday’s post about ads for Kitadol), it does not affect every woman who menstruates. Research using daily surveys to examine patterns of depression and anxiety symptoms in young women found that some women experience symptoms mid-cycle, others pre-menstrually, and still others do not...
PMS, Chocolate, and Other Stereotypes

PMS, Chocolate, and Other Stereotypes

There’s already more than 60 apps on the market for tracking PMS and other aspects of the menstrual cycle, but there always room for one more: Betty Crocker introduced the PMS SOS app this week. In addition to sad stereotypes about gender and how women are ruled by their hormones, this app gives you coupons for discounts on...
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