Here we are at the end of March and Women's History month. A lot has happened across this mostly lovely planet during this month but I would like to take a few moments to highlight what has occurred in the past 28 days in regards to ideas, products and movements in relation to menstruation.
- According to the Government of the United Kingdom the money collected by taxing tampons and other feminine sanitary products will be used to benefit needy women and girls. While it would be optimal if the UK could rid itself altogether of the tax on such necessities as tampons and pads like other commonwealth countries have (yay Canada!), the fact that these monies are being used where the most vulnerable and excluded women are the beneficiaries is a positive step. The monies, of which there is more than 15 million pounds yearly, will be distributed between charities where period poverty, rape, domestic abuse and mental health are the focus.
- Fitbit announced it is releasing "Female Health Tracking" on their smart watch and health app so that women can "connect the dots between whats going on in your cycle and what's going on in your life." Expect these sometime this spring.
- There is now a menstrual cup that was designed so that the wearer can enjoy mess free intercourse while on their period due to the fact that the cup sits just below the cervix when inserted correctly. This forward thinking Swedish brand Intimina also has other interesting products such as the Kegel Exerciser and pelvic muscle exercise balls.
- The young artist Ariella Elovic from Brooklyn has been making headlines with her depictions of women of history on their periods. I'm honestly not sure what I feel/think about these pictures. They do make me a little uncomfortable but I reckon that is part of their purpose alongside smashing the shame of menstruation. Many websites have highlighted these illustrations with the hashtag #mightymenstruation
I would be most interested to hear your thoughts on this artistic expression.
All in all it has been a remarkably positive month for menstruation and smashing the stigma surrounding it.
Did I miss anything? Please comment below if you know of any new ideas, groups, products or trends regarding menstruation.
For those of you who celebrate, I wish you all a happy Easter. For everyone, may March go out like a lamb and April arrive with warmth and sunshine - either outside or within your own heart.