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Menstrual lib and the colour of menstrual products
Beech leaves
elettaria wrote in menstrual_lib
I recently posted a silly poll on menstrual_cups about the latest development in menstrual cups: cups in different colours. It brought out several women asking the same question. Why should we care what colour a menstrual cup is? Why are so many people feeling passionate about the issue? The discussion developed to cover menstruation taboos as well as the menstrual product industry in general. As I'm fascinated by gender, anthropology, and colour, I thought I'd explore this a little further. It's a bit like the question in the Vagina Monologues, "If your vagina were to go out, what would it wear?"

Anyone can reply, whatever menstrual product they use, whether they love their periods or hate them (or both at once), whether they are aching for a pink and purple marbled cup with spangles to be produced or think the whole idea is a lot of nonsense and the original versions are the best. For all questions, I'm not just interested in a simple answer, but also how you feel about the whole business, how you relate to it personally. If you have conflicting opinions, go on and explore them. Since the answers are likely to be long, please be kind to those of us with visual problems and put paragraph breaks between the sections!

1. What's your favourite colour? How do you feel about it? Do you feel it expresses your personality in any particular way?

2. If you could magically have a menstrual cup that looked however you want it to, how would it look, and why do you make that choice? I'm thinking of colour in particular, but if sparkles or stripes are your thing, tell us about that too.

3. Same question for cloth pads, if you've ever used them or plan to. If you already have cloth pads, how involved did you get with the fabric selection (e.g. the company picked a pattern for you at random and you didn't care, or you sent the pad-maker some of your own fabric to use)?

4. Do you feel you have ever been affected by taboos about menstruation, and if so, how?

5. What attitudes do you hold towards your own periods? How have these changed?

6. Have you found that taking up reusable menstrual products and/or joining an online community that discusses menstruation and menstrual products has changed how you feel about your periods, your body, feminism, or anything else, and if so, how?

7. How would you like to see menstrual products marketed? Do current marketing methods bother you at all?

Cross-posted to menstrual_cups.

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1. I don't think I have a favourite colour. It used to be purple but I like lots of different colours and tones.

2. At first I was going to say clear whitish i.e. current Mooncup colour, but then I looked at the Ladycup website and started finding myself tempted. My main concern would be how good the colours looked after a few months of blood staining. Maybe purple to match my silicon sex toys.

3. Some of my cloth pads only came in one type of fabric and some of my pads were free samples so I didn't get to choose at all. A couple of my pads I chose from the range of fabric patterns the maker had pre-made.

4. Well, one of the most embarrassing moments of my life was when I was 12 and had just started secondary school and got a bit lost and asked a staff member how to get to where I was going to and as I walked away my disposable pad fell off onto the floor and the woman thought it was a sock and went to pick it up before realising what it was. You know, I couldn't even tell that story to anyone for years it was so embarrassing but now I'm not really bothered and am typing about it on the internet. Then again, I'm now the girl how is evangelical about reusable menstrual products and have painted in my menstrual blood. I probably wouldn't have done the menstrual painting if it weren't a taboo, I thought it would be an amusing thing to do and appal my friends with my hippy beatnikness.

5. At the moment I don't menstruate because of the form of contraception I use. I've sort of forgotten what menstruating was like. I probably won't menstruate again until I come off my current contraception to start a family, so when I think of my future menstruation I'm excited to think about it prospect of becoming a mother and the way I'll be able to practice the purification routines surrounding menstruation in preparation for the sacred act of conception. I remember the feeling I had when I immersed before my wedding, the excitement, holiness and eroticism of knowing that I was purifying myself to be ready to have sex with my husband. I couldn't help but smile, especially on the bus home thinking if only the other passengers knew.

6. I'm not sure. I've always been pretty open and laid back about this sort of thing. My menstrual cup made periods less hassle and it's made me talk about menstruation more because I'm evangelical about it.

7. I'd like to see menstrual products marketed in a matter of fact way, which doesn't shame women into buying products and isn't too coy to say what the product is for.

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