Comments on: Everyone Talks About their Period, but Nobody Does Anything About It… http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/ Sharon Astyk's Ruminations on an Ambiguous Future Thu, 04 Dec 2008 01:23:59 +0000 #?v=2.3.2 By: Anonymous http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3297 Anonymous Thu, 21 Feb 2008 15:42:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3297 Polly, how does buying sea sponges not require you to "buy a product?" I prefer my silicone cup because it's easily washable and dryable, portable, reusable for much longer than a sponge, doesn't require boiling, squeezing, waiting for drying, or any of that. I've also heard not-so-great things about the harvesting of sea sponges.<br/><br/>And I suspect that you'll spend close to as much, if not more, in the long run, on sponges than I did on my cup.<br/><br/>--Shana in MO Polly, how does buying sea sponges not require you to “buy a product?” I prefer my silicone cup because it’s easily washable and dryable, portable, reusable for much longer than a sponge, doesn’t require boiling, squeezing, waiting for drying, or any of that. I’ve also heard not-so-great things about the harvesting of sea sponges.

And I suspect that you’ll spend close to as much, if not more, in the long run, on sponges than I did on my cup.

–Shana in MO

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By: Polly http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3296 Polly Thu, 21 Feb 2008 12:18:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3296 Cheaper than the diva cup, which still requires you to buy a "product," is a sea sponge. Buy cheap at a paint store. Cut into chunks, boil to sterilize. Rinse in vinegar at night. Cheaper than the diva cup, which still requires you to buy a “product,” is a sea sponge. Buy cheap at a paint store. Cut into chunks, boil to sterilize. Rinse in vinegar at night.

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By: jewishfarmer http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3295 jewishfarmer Wed, 20 Feb 2008 15:29:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3295 Greenpa, you can't spend much of your adult life studying British literature without picking up a host of Britishisms, anachronistic constructions and all sorts of odd expressions. <br/><br/>I like Harry Potter books reasonably well, although I wouldn't call myself a "freak" on the subject. Just a freak in general ;-).<br/><br/>Sharon Greenpa, you can’t spend much of your adult life studying British literature without picking up a host of Britishisms, anachronistic constructions and all sorts of odd expressions.

I like Harry Potter books reasonably well, although I wouldn’t call myself a “freak” on the subject. Just a freak in general ;-).

Sharon

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By: Yonat http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3294 Yonat Wed, 20 Feb 2008 09:07:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3294 As you're on the subject of our period, I wanted to mention something amazing I found out a few years ago: It is possible to release the menstrual blood at will! This way, you don't need to use lots of "machinery" to protect yourself from it, just go to the bathroom every now and then and release it there.<br/><br/>I use about one pad a day during my period, and I know women who don't use anything at all. We all heard about it from the wonderful Merav Sherman, and if you read Hebrew you should definitely check out her site at http://www.veset.co.il. As you’re on the subject of our period, I wanted to mention something amazing I found out a few years ago: It is possible to release the menstrual blood at will! This way, you don’t need to use lots of “machinery” to protect yourself from it, just go to the bathroom every now and then and release it there.

I use about one pad a day during my period, and I know women who don’t use anything at all. We all heard about it from the wonderful Merav Sherman, and if you read Hebrew you should definitely check out her site at http://www.veset.co.il.

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By: Greenpa http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3293 Greenpa Tue, 19 Feb 2008 16:55:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3293 What I want to know is... where did you pick up the British spelling/usage for "whining"? And why?<br/><br/>Just curious. Are you a Potter freak? :-) What I want to know is… where did you pick up the British spelling/usage for “whining”? And why?

Just curious. Are you a Potter freak? :-)

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By: kate http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3292 kate Tue, 19 Feb 2008 09:32:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3292 I think there are really good intentions with this project. I have some reservations. Africa is a very large landmass with a huge number of cultures within it. When people from wealthy nations start talking about 'girls from Africa' my first concern is that this isn't another form of cultural colonisation.<br/><br/>I hope that Crunchy Chicken can put up alot more detail on the website about the countries involved and the cultures from within those countries, the agencies involved, and some analysis of the cultural issues involved.<br/><br/>I also think that in many places in Africa you can't talk about menstruation without talking about female genital mutilation. <br/><br/>Another issue, for us all I think, is that traditionally across many cultures women's bleeding has been a time of power and timeout from daily affairs. I get that the girls being discussed have huge blocks to getting education and I'm not saying this initiative is wrong, however I think we need to examine the idea that women <i>should</i> be going to school or work when they bleed. I see a direct correlation between many menstrual cycle problems and the fact that we are expected to hide our blood and carry on as normal (i.e. as if we are men).<br/><br/>I also wish Crunchy well with the project :-) I think there are really good intentions with this project. I have some reservations. Africa is a very large landmass with a huge number of cultures within it. When people from wealthy nations start talking about ‘girls from Africa’ my first concern is that this isn’t another form of cultural colonisation.

I hope that Crunchy Chicken can put up alot more detail on the website about the countries involved and the cultures from within those countries, the agencies involved, and some analysis of the cultural issues involved.

I also think that in many places in Africa you can’t talk about menstruation without talking about female genital mutilation.

Another issue, for us all I think, is that traditionally across many cultures women’s bleeding has been a time of power and timeout from daily affairs. I get that the girls being discussed have huge blocks to getting education and I’m not saying this initiative is wrong, however I think we need to examine the idea that women should be going to school or work when they bleed. I see a direct correlation between many menstrual cycle problems and the fact that we are expected to hide our blood and carry on as normal (i.e. as if we are men).

I also wish Crunchy well with the project :-)

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By: Kati http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3291 Kati Tue, 19 Feb 2008 06:38:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3291 I've seen those commercials, and they make me sick! I mean, don't tell me that these girls haven't had access to rags for at least the length of time since Africa was colonized by Europe. I'm in complete agreement with you that it's simply a ploy to pull more money out of the poor & impoverished for the pockets of multi-billionair-run corporations.<br/><br/>I went off my depo provera a year & a half ago when I had my tubes tied (so that _I_ would never be subjected to an unwanted pregnancy, no matter what else may be done to my body), and started immediately with reusable cotton pads. I ordered a trial batch, and sewed many more of my own using the first trial batch as a jumping off point. Only 2 times in the year & a half since I started menstruating again have I used disposables (during road-trips out of town when packing along soiled pads would be too much a nusance), and I've hated every minute.<br/><br/>I've recently started talking about it with coworkers (when the topic of our periods comes up), with friends..... I'm working on getting the word out in my small corner. It's amazing how many women go "ya know.... I never thought about it like that, but you're right?!?! Disposables ARE uncomfortable, and why AM I paying big bucks for something so necessary to my life, making somebody else rich for a product like this?!?!" I love seeing my friends walk away from one of our conversations with their eyes opened about this.<br/><br/>Thanks for reminding us how important it is to keep talking about even the most private of issues. I’ve seen those commercials, and they make me sick! I mean, don’t tell me that these girls haven’t had access to rags for at least the length of time since Africa was colonized by Europe. I’m in complete agreement with you that it’s simply a ploy to pull more money out of the poor & impoverished for the pockets of multi-billionair-run corporations.

I went off my depo provera a year & a half ago when I had my tubes tied (so that _I_ would never be subjected to an unwanted pregnancy, no matter what else may be done to my body), and started immediately with reusable cotton pads. I ordered a trial batch, and sewed many more of my own using the first trial batch as a jumping off point. Only 2 times in the year & a half since I started menstruating again have I used disposables (during road-trips out of town when packing along soiled pads would be too much a nusance), and I’ve hated every minute.

I’ve recently started talking about it with coworkers (when the topic of our periods comes up), with friends….. I’m working on getting the word out in my small corner. It’s amazing how many women go “ya know…. I never thought about it like that, but you’re right?!?! Disposables ARE uncomfortable, and why AM I paying big bucks for something so necessary to my life, making somebody else rich for a product like this?!?!” I love seeing my friends walk away from one of our conversations with their eyes opened about this.

Thanks for reminding us how important it is to keep talking about even the most private of issues.

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By: homebrewlibrarian http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3290 homebrewlibrarian Tue, 19 Feb 2008 06:17:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3290 While I don't use cloth pads yet, I'm on my way. Actually, I find that easier to switch to than toilet cloth but I'm getting there, too, just a lot slower.<br/><br/>I suspect that never having to change a diaper has something to do with my reluctance...<br/><br/>Amelia - hurray for all those young women! It's wonderful that they have someone like you to turn to! That's cases of disposable pads never reaching a landfill nor tampons in the sewer. Good show!<br/><br/>Kerri While I don’t use cloth pads yet, I’m on my way. Actually, I find that easier to switch to than toilet cloth but I’m getting there, too, just a lot slower.

I suspect that never having to change a diaper has something to do with my reluctance…

Amelia - hurray for all those young women! It’s wonderful that they have someone like you to turn to! That’s cases of disposable pads never reaching a landfill nor tampons in the sewer. Good show!

Kerri

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By: LisaZ http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3289 LisaZ Tue, 19 Feb 2008 01:23:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3289 Roy, you sound like a great husband, but I think squeamishness on your wife's part can't be condemned. I grew up in that kind of culture here in Minnesota. My dh and I talk freely with our kids, but no one talked to me as a kid about any of this stuff! In fact, it was discouraged.<br/><br/>My dear husband has no problems washing my pads when it happens to be him doing the laundry. I'm actually kind of amazed by this! I don't exactly love washing his dirty underwear!!! But, I guess I do it anyway, too. It just needs to be done.<br/><br/>And we have both washed enough dirty diapers that nothing makes us flinch anymore... Roy, you sound like a great husband, but I think squeamishness on your wife’s part can’t be condemned. I grew up in that kind of culture here in Minnesota. My dh and I talk freely with our kids, but no one talked to me as a kid about any of this stuff! In fact, it was discouraged.

My dear husband has no problems washing my pads when it happens to be him doing the laundry. I’m actually kind of amazed by this! I don’t exactly love washing his dirty underwear!!! But, I guess I do it anyway, too. It just needs to be done.

And we have both washed enough dirty diapers that nothing makes us flinch anymore…

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By: Anonymous http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3288 Anonymous Tue, 19 Feb 2008 00:32:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/02/18/everyone-talks-about-their-period-but-nobody-does-anything-about-it-2/#comment-3288 Wow. Roy. Your wife sounds like a peach. Wow. Roy. Your wife sounds like a peach.

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