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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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Trader Joe's does sell bamboo fiber towels-- might have been what the one poster was talking about.

Personally, I'd never ask any serious kind of question on yahooanswers-- I'm pretty sure that it's mostly just a playground for trolls in most subjects.

I do think that posting questions about cloth pads on mainstream websites like yahooanswers is a brilliant way to introduce the seed of the idea of using them with women that would have not otherwise heard of them, so I commend you there. (Maybe I'll go there and put a few questions up.)

I like my periods, not that I'd be any less of a woman without them, and I'm not grossed out by them.

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