Today I’m going to share some examples of some of my favorite lady-hero menstrual activists.
And then we’ll talk about how an everyday gal can find menstrual activism that works for them.
Jen Lewis — takes these incredible photographs of her menstrual blood being dumped into water. If this makes you cringe go check out “Beauty in Blood”
Rupi Kaur — a poet and artist who posted that famous Instagram photo of a woman who is laying on her side, facing away from the camera, showing menstrual blood that had leaked through her pants and onto her sheets.
Kiran Gandhi — ran the London marathon with no tampon, pad or cup, and just allowed herself to free bleed because why not!
Ingrid Berton-Moine — artist who created “Red is the Colour” which is portraits of women wearing their own menstrual blood. http://www.ingridberthonmoine.com/work
Chella Quint — has created some pretty awesome vines called Adventures in Menstruating, which she now has made into a show I’d love to attend.
Rachel Kauder Nalebuff — wrote "My Little Red Book", which compiles story after story of first periods around the world from current to years ago.
The Moon Inside You — Diana Fabianova had unsatisfactory periods for a long time and struggled with feeling positive about them. So she went on a journey and brought us along with her with The Mood Inside You.
Miki Agrawal — While they create awesome period underwear I think another awesome thing they have done is to help break through period taboos, making periods more mainstream in a positive light. Their advertisements go beyond tampon and pad commercials which still tell us to be quiet and discreet with our period products.
Now you don’t have to wear a new shade of red, write a book or run a marathon bleeding. If you want to, go do it then already! That’d be amazing. But here are a few ways that you can take part in the movement.
+ Start talking positively about your period since we’ve been so conditioned to only complain about it.
+ Have a conversation with a friend about your period (remember, be positive).
+ Try a menstrual cup or sponge, challenge the way you feel about interacting with your menstrual blood.
+ Ask your mother about her first period.
+ if you have a daughter teach her about her period in a empowering way, instead of the shame and secrecy most of us were taught.
+ Start charting your cycle, educate yourself about it.
+ Go to a local showing of Vagina Monologues, or another show that talks about vaginas, being female, periods or something along those lines.
There is a giant, amazing spectrum of menstrual activism to get involved in. Which do you want to try out? What other ideas do you have to share? Because what a life changing thing it is to be period positive.