- Bloomers, a new film-in-progress by independent Australian filmmakers about Stella getting her first period, makes its first festival appearance at FlickerFest, Wednesday, Jan 15, in Sydney.
- Bedsider puts the blood clot risk of hormonal contraception in perspective: Ladies, your only other option is pregnancy, and that has a much higher risk! For more of the same, see Women’s Health.
- A new review indicates that SSRIs may produce a modest improvement in the severity and frequency of hot flashes, provided the user can cope with “the typical profile of SSRI adverse effects”.
- Editors Jane Cawthorne, Lori Hahnel, Elaine Morin and Kari Strutt are looking for short fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry about menopause. More information is available here or here, although it is not clear where or when the material might be published. Deadline is June 30, 2014.
- So hard to keep up with fashion trends. Marie Claire (UK edition) warns that our Brazilian wax treatments must be even more meticulous in 2014 (and are mocked ruthlessly for their top ten list by The Vagenda) while New York magazine’s The Cut affirms that bush is back.
It’s Throwback Thursday on social media, and we’re joining in with this ad for Pursettes tampons that ran in Cosmpolitan (U.S.) magazine in 1966. Nearly 50 years on, little has changed in femcare marketing: Look at the familiar themes of medicalization of menstruation, secrecy, fearmongering, and the dreaded scourge of odor problems.
The idea that tampons can steal virginity isn’t quite as pervasive today, but one can still find it in tampon ads as recently as 1990 in teen magazines.