- What color is your menstrual blood? And what does it indicate about your cycle and your health?
- A newly published Swedish study reports the risk of combined hormonal contraception raises the risk of venous thromboembolism fivefold compared to the control group.
- It’s more than just ovarian cysts: An awareness guide to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) from the Journal of Pharmacy Research [pdf].
- What’s so funny about periods? And why don’t we talk about them? Listen to Chella Quint answer these questions on Sean Moncrieff’s radio show.
- The risks of Cesarean section, by the numbers.
- The worst parts of your annual gynecological exam include the nurse leaving the room and finding out you put on the gown prematurely when she comes back to just take your blood pressure.
- Expect to see more such narratives in the future: I’m sick of doctors who try to talk me into hormonal birth control.
- Could tampons work as a drug delivery device, instead of menstrual fluid absorption device – for anti-HIV drugs?
- California has a tabled a pending state law that would have required condom use in the porn industry. Industry activists say the law would have violated medical privacy rights of performers.
- E.B. at The Vagenda has some harsh words for Wilkinson razors’ latest commercial on British television. We approve.
In celebration of our fifth anniversary, we are republishing some of our favorite posts. This post originally appeared July 2, 2009.
As I’ve written elsewhere, entertainment media in the U.S. aren’t squeamish about showing us blood: gunshot wounds, horrific vehicle accidents, and surgical procedures can be seen in fictional narratives as well as nightly news. It’s only menstrual blood that must remain hidden.
Another reminder of this phenomenon can be seen in the brief internet buzz last month, when teen actress Dakota Fanning was photographed on a movie set with blood running down her bare legs. I read about this at Broadsheet, Salon.com’s blog about ladybusiness. Broadsheet’s take was uncertainty over whether the photos are real or from the film, and disgust with the
reactions from internet commenters at Livejournal:
Is the blood part of the movie’s plotline — in which Fanning plays rock chick Cherie Currie — or just a run-of-the-mill monthly mishap?
Probably the latter. But that hasn’t prevented the Internet from erupting in an astonished, OMG! WTF? reaction, summed up best by the Livejournal poster who offered a pithy “Ew. Blood.”
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Of even greater interest is the comments at Broadsheet. Although I read Broadsheet every day, I usually skip the comments. (To borrow a term from Kate Harding, I find I can rarely spare the Sanity Watchers points). The overwhelming consensus of Broadsheet commenters was that OF COURSE it’s fake blood from the movie being filmed, because if it were a real period, no one would stand there looking so blasé while someone else cleaned her up. Apparently, if it were REAL blood, young Ms. Fanning would have run from the set to the nearest ladies room to plug it up, and not stood still for so many photographs, much less allow someone else to handle WetWipes duty.
Telling, no? It’s only OK for us to see this menstrual blood because it’s FAKE.
Always™ and its corporate owner, Procter & Gamble, have been receiving a lot of praise around the interwebs these days for their #LikeAGirl campaign, launched June 26, 2014, with a video produced by Lauren Greenfield. The video has been viewed 37 million times and counting. Last week, HuffPo actually called it “a game changer in feminist movement”, which I suppose reveals how little Huffington Post knows about feminist movements, more than anything else.
But before you applaud the efforts of Always to raise girls’ self-esteem, remember that they’re also the people who bring you these ads. Because that stench of girl never goes away, and you can’t spend all day in the shower, use Always.