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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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the whole thing is silly

I think the whole thing is kind of silly. I like having my period, but I don't care what color my pads are since they are going to be bled on. don't get me completley wrong, I wouldn't mind pads with pretty designs on them, but since I just started using cloth, and have a tight budget I'm limited.

The whole thing with color on cups seems pointless, since it's going to be inside of you anyways and it's job is collecting blood. It's not like you're going to take it to work, pull it out and say, "Hey I got a new moon cup, it's blue!"

First off, not many people (at least where I'm from) have even heard of the moon cup or are aware that people still make cloth pads. In fact, when it comes to periods in general, it's only talked about amongst women, and men will leave the room (which shows a lot of immaturity, I think).

I really wish that society in general would be more open about the subject, because periods are normal for women and getting them is (to me, anyways) a sign of health and fertility. Natures pregnancy test, when I get mine it's like, "Yay, I'm not pregnant right now!"

But I suppose there are some people in this world who need every single thing in their lives customized, and companies can make money on that. I also wish that more people in this world wouldn't cringe at the thought of cups or cloth pads.

"You have to touch the blood with your hands." They whine.

"Not if you do it right," I want to tell them, "besides, what are the odds of you getting poop under your fingernails when you wipe yourself? Pretty good, huh? And then when you wash your hands it goes away."

I'm so sick of close-minded views on things having to do with reproduction and periods. I invite the Red Ghost every month, and bear with the bloading, cramps, and stuff, knowing that I'm healthy and still fertile.

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