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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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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?

Well i sort of "discovered" cloth pads on a message board. Even though i obviously knew disposables werent always available and alot of less developed countried rely on them for their main source of protection i didnt quite connect that to me being able to use them. Once i figured out that it was an easy, enviornmentally minded option i could even make at home i was sold....well except for gettin gover that touching blood thing lol but that didnt last long :). I think i kind of covered everything else above ;)

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

Yes! As i mentioned above marketing tells us that our period is a disposable hassle and to deal with it in the least ivasive way possible even if that means damaging the earth. I would lke to see more alternatives out there. Heck there are more alternatives that mainstream! Mainstream is different shaped pads in different sizes and tampons of different absorbancies. In alternative we have cloth pads with patterns, color, adjustable absorbtion, shapes, sizes and so many other options, cups in every shape, size, and price (colors too), and cant forget sponges or other alternatives to tampons (like baby socks! lol). And even those are just the typical alternative methods! Gee i think that was an oxymoron.... :p?

I want to see people have options thats the bottom line. I also want to see ALOT more enviornmentally minded marketing, even if its for disposables. Every step helps and you cant start till you have the knowledge :).

Good post :D thanks!

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