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Ignorance is Stupid
trinserengel wrote in menstrual_lib
I recently posted a question on Yahoo Answers in the women's health section.  I was asking women what kind of fabric they thought would be best for cloth pads.  I hoping to catch some cloth pad users.

To my surprise (sort of) I got four answers:
  • The first was an incredibly rude comment that I was disgusting and vulgar by even suggesting that women use cloth pads.  This answer made me so angry that I reported it as abuse.
  • Second answer:  "No fabrics are really that good for menstrual pads; however, sheet metal and sandpaper pads are reported to work very well!"
  • Third Answer:  " I don't know about that....not very sanitary...most women would want something they could just dispose of when it comes to that. They use to use cloth menstrual pads in the old days...why go backwards?"
  • Fourth Answer:  "I'd recomend bamboo fiber from trader joe's combined with a light dusting in kosher salt then washing. The salt kills all the viruses and bacteria so you can even re-use them if you don't mind the mess without washing!"  This was the least ignorant and insulting, but I don't think this user knows what she's talking about.
I hate that periods are viewed as dirty and disgusting.  To me they are a part of nature and a sign of fertility.  I mean when you hit menopause, you don't get it any more and you can no longer bear children.

If anyone else her agrees with me, please let me know.

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I've never gotten good replies for ANYTHING from Yahoo answers, let alone something as non-mainstream as cloth pads. Yes most women will view them as dirty and cups as messy; and anything reusable menstrual-related as disgusting. It's not, but I don't waste my breath educating anyone anymore if they knee-jerk "That's gross!".

I do, however, like to leave cup pamphlets and stickers in public restrooms near the tampon machines :D I see it as a public service since a huge amount of women think paper pads or paper tampons are their ONLY options. I know I did for years.

There's lots of cloth pad related LJ groups and forums floating around on the web too. I'd suggest going to one of them, the users already like cloth pads and I find that they're (usually) a lot friendlier too.

I'm 99% a cup gal (switched from a keeper to a mooncup after a latex allergy scare), but I've got a pad stash for when I'm feeling lazy or in too much pain to fuss with a cup seal. Flannel is very very comfy (but way too warm in summer). I'm not sure what the shell on my spring/summer pads is. Cotton jersey I think. Terry innards for absorbancy with a windbreaker-type material on the back to help prevent leaks.

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