The Power of Blood
Menstrual blood used to be revered for its power, creativity, and healing properties. Now it’s stigmatized as dirty and shameful.
Anonymous asked: I don't know if you a answer questions or what but I was late on my period btw I'm not like 11 I got my period in November around that time of 2013. my flow was SOOO light I didn't wear pads to bed or anything. that lasted 5 days and never came back. ever is this normal? I'm embarrassed to ask anyone
i’m going to say if you got your period for the first time in Nov 2013, not getting it again is not something to stress out about. most people’s cycles are out of whack for the first couple years and it’s normal for it to not become regular until later on.
that said, you should NOT feel embarrassed to talk about this kind of thing! if you are feeling nervous about things like this, you should always bring them up to your doctor. believe me, doctors work with this stuff every single day. it’s their job! they are not going to think you’re weird for bringing it up and if they do you need to find another doctor because you should be feel confident in talking to your doctor about ANY health issues whatsoever.
if you have any questions in the future, please don’t hesitate to message me again. :)
Note to feminists: periods are not beautiful or wonderful. They ARE gross. It’s blood coming from your lady parts. It’s gross. It’s messy. It’s uncomfortable.
this was a great contribution to the tag thank you
Lol like feminists have periods too? Being a feminist doesn’t magically grant you a reprieve from menstruation.
Ummmm what? Lol
You’re telling us like we don’t know this.
Some people don’t, man. Have you heard of free bleeding? I don’t recommend looking it up. It’s something you can’t unlearn. *shudders* and some feminists (many from my experience with them) think that “periods are gross” statements are sexist and a feminist issue.
From what I’ve actually seen, most free-bleeding is done at home in comfort. People sitting on a black towel, while reading a magazine, not having to worry about social standards. Most other reports are by people trying to gross out others. Or people with menstruation kinks.
I think in a way menstruation can be considered a feminist issue, but not in the way that most take it. The conversation about it needs to be more opened, and not the hush-hush it can be. Not because opening the conversation up is empowering necessarily (because not everyone finds it empowering, or even wants a period), but because keeping it under covers does not help anyone. People don’t get the medical or emotional help they need with menstruating if there is no conversation. Many people still don’t know how to use a tampon, how to tell the difference between hell-cramps or a bursting appendix, or that there are alternatives to disposables that save money. Not to mention the lack of such conversation in developing countries, that result in poor healthcare and in many cases death. Easily accessible dialogue about menstruation is good. Of course, if people don’t want to read or talk about it, they should have the ability to opt out. Luckily, we have tagging on Tumblr, for that.
However, the over-glamorization of menstruation, as you mentioned, is an issue. There’s often a lot of cissexism and ridiculousness accompanied with the over-glamorization that goes unmentioned or thrown away. The process is not pretty; it’s gory, it’s a hassle, and quite self-destructive. The human need to menstruate constantly (a feature unique to humans, as even the other great apes can suppress and control their menstrual cycles) comes from our violent anatomical processes, and it does not need celebration. An individual can see their period as a glorious signal of sparkling femininity, but they must understand that not everyone agrees, and the issues with their perspective (one being that not all menstruating people are men, and vise versa). It’s also a really privileged way of thinking, on top of that, especially since the stuff I mentioned in the paragraph above usually goes unmentioned.
Saying “periods are gross” is not necessarily sexist (it can be, depending on the speaker, but it is not inherent). Suppressing and censoring the ability to say anything about periods whatsoever is undoubtedly sexist, especially when there is a great need for it. That’s a message that gets lost in the mayonnaise of Feminism.
I don’t know if this reblog was needed, but here it is.
i really like your blog, looking through it, and i also think your response is very well thought out and reasoned, but i do have a bit of a problem with the bolded region.
you’re right, menstruation is absolutely not something that needs to be celebrated. for some people it will always be something that is associated with pain or dysphoria and there is nothing wrong with those people whatsoever. and yeah, a lot of “celebration” regarding menstruation is focused on cissexist ideas of how menstruation is a sign of “womanhood” (although to be quite frank, i don’t think this is particular to “feminist” menstrual celebration, i think most people are equally as cissexist as them because of how or society is, they’re just not as vocal because they don’t talk about it)
so yeah, no one should ever be forced to celebrate it at all, but (if it’s not clear from my blog) i think if people feel like celebrating their own periods whether through art or other means, that is another form of body positivity and that’s a positive thing as long as it’s not done in a way that is cissexist. yeah, they are a bodily function and that’s all, but so is sex but there doesn’t seem to be a problem in our culture with the celebration of orgasms, or at least not anywhere near as much as menstruation is considered taboo.
i’m just posting this because i thought your response was really interesting and i wanted to share my point of view, but please don’t feel like this is meant to attack or “correct” you, just another perspective
How can you tell when your pet is menstruating?
Cats, along with any other mammal usually kept as a pet, don’t menstruate. They have estrous cycles, not a menstrual cycle.
If a pet is experiencing vaginal discharge from being in heat, however, there are animal diapers on the market to stick on them.
why aren’t tampons called period plugs
Anonymous asked: Does anyone else like to sleep with a pillow between their legs on their period instead of underwear and a pad?
i don’t personally do this, but that does sound pretty comfortable, now that you mention it…
Pro tip for those with periods: cold water gets fresh blood out of underwear super well
Pretty much every time I refresh my dash there’s at least one post talking about how having your period feels like being stabbed in the abdomen with 500 dull blades
and all I can think is you guys should see a dr about that shit
Instead of screaming about how men can never understand this pain, I just want you to realize that if it really hurts THAT BADLY, there might be something wrong and it’s worth getting checked out. Because not a single girl I know has periods that bad. It’s not supposed to be comfortable but it’s sure as hell not supposed to be so completely debilitating.
this is a very important point that a lot of people should read, i think
if you are getting cramps, there is absolutely nothing wrong with venting or complaining about it on your blog, that can be helpful for some people. but if you really are feeling like you are in a lot of pain, you should talk to a doctor about it
menstruation really shouldn’t be an excruciating experience for most people and if it is for you, that might be an indication of a bigger problem going on
Does anybody find that their period slows overnight if they sleep on their stomach? Or is it just me..m
i always feel like i have a lighter flow during the night, though i usually sleep on my back or my side
Restocking all my bags and purses with tampons and panty liners. So for the bags that don’t have the lining pocket with zipper (because we all know what those are for) I found some colorful mesh bags that I had laying around that would make due. I put a few tampons & liners in them and tossed then in my tote bags. They’re like little gift bags for my uterus.
talk to me about how your period changed in your twenties
I want to know what’s normal