This Week in Lady Reads

Views you can use, science, and April Fool’s jokes done right. Fun stuff! Read More This Week in Lady Reads

This Week in Misogyny: You Won’t Believe What Happens Next Week!

There’s oh-so-much misogyny to cover this week, including a larger-than-usual dose of transphobia, lots of cool study findings, and several Twitter accounts you’re going to want to go follow right now. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny: You Won’t Believe What Happens Next Week!

Everything I Learned About Periods Working for a Major Tampon Brand

I spent a year and a half as the community manager for a major tampon and pad brand. I enjoyed opening with this at parties beacuse it always got a good conversation going. As a pro-woman, ra-ra feminist, I genuinely liked working with this brand and I learned a lot about the awesome people who genuinely want to do away with the period shame. Read More Everything I Learned About Periods Working for a Major Tampon Brand

Lunchtime Poll: Menstruation Cliches

In my day job, I talk a lot about periods. Tampons. Pads. Menstrual cups. What every little quirk in your cycle could possibly mean. But I have to be funny when I do it, and I can tell you, that’s a lot of pressure.

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Crimson Tide Diaries: Behold – The Diva Cup

They say that it is the most sacred of menstrual objects. Legends of its magnificent power run far and wide and the devotion shown to the object is on the level with some of the holiest objects gracing the planet. Behold dear readers, I have seen the Diva Cup. Read More Crimson Tide Diaries: Behold – The Diva Cup

Crimson Tide Diaries: Luna Pads

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), a longtime women’s health advocate, has introduced “The Robin Danielson Act” (H.R. 5181), legislation that directs the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct research and determine the extent to which the presence of dioxin, synthetic fibers, and other tampon additives pose any health risks to women. The bill also asks the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to collect and report information on Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), a rare and potentially life-threatening bacterial illness which research has associated with tampon use in women. The bill is named for a woman who died from the illness. Read More Crimson Tide Diaries: Luna Pads

Crimson Tide Diaries: The Sponge

I’ve been a tampon girl most of my life – even at the tender age of 14 when I first got my period in a crowning glory fashion any child could be proud of: in front of all my classmates, all over the new (and only) pair of nice khakis my mother has ever bought me, while being forced to answer to my teacher why it was I needed to leave her class so urgently. I’ve had better moments. Read More Crimson Tide Diaries: The Sponge

In Praise of the Diva Cup

Ok, this isn’t completely unfettered praise because the Diva Cup or Keeper or whatever menstrual cup you prefer to use isn’t perfect.  But, I feel like I need to defend the Diva Cup ““ or at least discuss it honestly.  The poor thing is the hairy-armpitted, Birkenstock-clad, Patchouli-smelling hippie outcast of the feminine hygiene world. Read More In Praise of the Diva Cup