Is Menstruation A Girls-Only Gift Or A Modern Inconvenience?

Menstruation usually sucks, except when you think you might be accidentally up the stick. But take the annoying physicality of expelling uterine tissue out of your vagina, add in cramps, bloating, headaches, mood swings, ruined underwear and the occasional odor and you've got a recipe for a major monthly headache. But… » 2/05/08 2:00pm 2/05/08 2:00pm

Is Anyone Still Scared Of Toxic Shock Syndrome?

Helena Holmes, a 17-year old girl from Hull, England, came down with a devastating case of Toxic Shock Syndrome and subsequently went bald. But while bald, Helena was spotted by a modeling agent, who then signed her to a 3-year contract. (Thanks, Tampax!) Here's a question: Although most of us born before 1985 were… » 12/27/07 4:30pm 12/27/07 4:30pm

Walt Disney's 'The Story Of Menstruation'

Above is a clip of the animated short The Story of Menstruation, a joint Disney/Kotex production intended for educating girls about their bodies. Released in 1946, this film is surprisingly frank in its description of why we get periods and how to deal with it when we do. It also debunks false "taboos" regarding… » 9/13/07 6:00pm 9/13/07 6:00pm

Someday We May All Be Bloodless, 60-Year-Old New Mothers

More on the issue of new technologies that delay or do away with menstruation altogether. Writing in today's USA Today, Kim Painter reports on the opposition to period-less womanhood, singling out health experts, a documentary filmmaker, and a SF-based artist who has created paintings made of her menstrual blood ("I… » 6/11/07 11:25am 6/11/07 11:25am