We Really Ought to Teach Dudes About Periods

Periods are a perfectly natural element of the human experience, not a blood-soaked nightmare from whence we can never wake. But you wouldn't know that to talk to many dudes out there! And maybe it's time that we, as a society, maybe fixed that. » 3/06/14 5:40pm 3/06/14 5:40pm

Dude Raises $160K on Kickstarter for Horror Show Period Underwear

Some dude has created a Kickstarter for Period Panties, which are special underpants with lurid cartoons on them that you can wear when you're on your period. Period Panties are meant to helpfully eliminate the difficulty of explaining to your significant other that you are menstruating (because saying "I am on my… » 2/13/14 1:00pm 2/13/14 1:00pm

'Crimson Wave' Is the Upbeat Period Anthem You've Been Long Awaiting

Behold: the music video for "Crimson Wave," a Clueless-referencing song about periods by Seattle pop-punk feminist band Tacocat. (You're welcome if you won your round of Internet Feminist Bingo after reading that sentence.) And this music video has it all: dancing crabs, mermaids, a guy in a shark costume reading a… » 2/11/14 5:30pm 2/11/14 5:30pm

How to Make a Period Tracker App We'd Actually Want to Use

Women are using period-tracking apps to keep track of their periods (as the name would indicate) — and the New York Times is on it. My original thought on the matter was, "Why would I need this? My body has a built-in period tracking app. It went off the other week when I cried at Prince William and Kate Middleton's… » 1/24/14 2:30pm 1/24/14 2:30pm

Classifying Severe PMS as a Mental Disorder Screws Women Over

If tired CBS sitcoms and hacky comedians are to be believed, ladies on they periods be crazy (chocolate & cats & wine & crying & Lifetime Original Movies & blanket clutching!). Now, thanks to the publication of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistics Manuel (the DSM V, for those of us who hate typing/pronouncing… » 10/21/13 12:55pm 10/21/13 12:55pm

Periods Are a Wondrous, Horrible Thing

Possibly the only thing more annoying than having an actual period every month or more is having to act like it's embarrassing or shameful. This is, unfortunately, a fact of femaleness. For as long as the uterine has shed its nutrient-rich lining in tandem with the lunar cycle, people have acted like that shit was… » 8/17/13 5:30pm 8/17/13 5:30pm

I Can't Come Into Work Today Because I'm Menstruating Profusely

Periods, amirite? You ladies know what I'm talking about. Every month with the headaches and the cramping and the crabbiness and the irrationality. Sure periods attract bears but the only thing deadlier than a bear is a woman on her period (high fives nearest woman). I mean, keep knives away from me when I'm bleeding… » 8/02/13 3:20pm 8/02/13 3:20pm

Tiny Tampon Queen Stars in Best Menstrual Marketing Ever

If you haven't heard about the company HelloFlo, after watching this commercial, you won't forget them. They're essentially a mail-order tampon and pad service that sends you your stuff, along with some candy, each month, right when you need it. Their first ad is so successful it's enough to make anyone who uses hasn't … » 7/29/13 5:15pm 7/29/13 5:15pm

Shaming the Crimson Tide: India Has a Period Problem

Indian women are made to feel ashamed for involuntarily bleeding once a month. Given that this systemic humiliation is responsible for a variety of economic and health issues that affect the entire country — crazy how oppressing half of the population tends to hold everyone back — the government is slowly starting to… » 7/25/13 12:00pm 7/25/13 12:00pm