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

My prefered color changes depending on my overall mood. Some days i feel pink other times blue, lately ive been feeling purple :). I like that my color changes with my mood, i feel better suited and it gives me variety.

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.

Hmm i think i would have to have them in multiple colors/patterns. As i said my preferance changes with my mood. I think good old plain purple and cotton candy pink are good standby's. They are pretty colors, sweet almost and i need that when im on my period its somehow comforting to see something pretty in all the yuck. For patterns i like tone on tone marble, sparkly fireworks would be really cool and festive :), maybe flowers i havent decided if i would want that on my cup..... Oh but little chocolate bon bons on a frosted but clear cup would be awesome!

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)?

I just started using cloth pads and i made them at home before deciding to invest (which i plan to do). All i had were old T-shirts, sheets, and towels so nothing pretty or interesting. They are a nice periwinkle with shiny matching stitching.

I really want to make some with patterns while i wait to have the money to order (Im still fiddling with my patterns). I think moons would be cute, or food items, hearts would be great, also cute things like rubber duckies :D. Im not usually one for cutsie things but well im the only one who is going to see it and i need something to cheer me up! There are so many fun possibilities, though i think i will stick to plain backing. Knowing myself i would put them on upsidedown (i want to waterproof my next batch) :p.

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

Oh yeah. Here the media teaches you that while your persiod shouldnt stop you you really shouldnt aknowledge it either (positivly anyway). Your period is a disposable hassle. You can stop it or regulate it with hormones, use internal protection so you dont have to feel or see it (ok i am partial to internal but you get the point), and you really shouldnt talk aout it unless your on it.

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

I used to be of the "its a disposable hassle" group. I wanted to put it a tampon not think about it for 6 hours, do it again, then come home shower slap on a pad and go to sleep so i dont have to deal till morning. I wanted to be far away from my blood, i hated seeing it. Four years ago the thought of scrubbing a cloth pad would have been a HUGE "Ewwwww!" moment.

Then i got older and developed a better sense of my body and myself which lead me away from mainstream things like medication, chemicals, and quick fixes. Then i developed alot of health problems which made me even more aware and as soon as i was able i got back on the "health/hippy" bandwagon.

My health forced me to change my diet, stay away from artificial additives in food and cosmetic items and reconsider how my persiod affected the larger picture. After getting rid of everything else toxic or disposable in my life (including people) i felt the need to extend that to my period. 7 - 10 days of disposables filled with non renewable/recyclable resources is alot of waste. I prefer to keep things simple and that ment changing to resusable products that for the most part can even be recycled (if they arent already made from recycles material as well!) after im done. Ok img oing to quit rambling now...next :p!

Opps gotta split it!


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