Eastern vs. Western Medicine – Thriving vs. Surviving
You know all that info out there about cramps and PMS being normal? It stems from Western medicine, which focuses on "the diseased state" and says you’re fine as long as you don’t have a diagnosable issue. That POV is everywhere so it’s hard not to buy into it. But there’s another option worth considering – the Eastern/holistic perspective, which is what our team and products embrace. Rather than focusing on the diseased state, Chinese medicine is all about identifying the "ideal state" and working towards that. As far as menstrual cycles go, “ideal” means pain-free and symptom-free (amongst other things). Essentially, Western medicine wants to make sure you survive, while Eastern medicine takes things a step further and wants you to THRIVE. Here’s a more in-depth breakdown of the differences between the two perspectives and how they play out for your health. It also runs through exactly what an ideal cycle looks like 🙂
Sex dolls are getting closer and closer to Westworld level realness. With sophisticated AI, it’d be more accurate to call them sex robots than sex dolls, but they’re more than that. They have human body temps, human-like skin, and programmable personalities. They simulate breathing, they moan when you engage them, and they’re able to carry on “real" conversations. The main thing: they’ll let you fuck them however you want, even if extreme violence is your thing. So, what does this mean for the future of sex? Spoiler: It could affect all of us, not just the patrons of doll brothels and not just the people dropping $30K on their own. Also, yes, sex doll brothels are a thing.
Thank you to trans artist and menstrual health activist Cass Clemmer for reminding the world that "Not all people who menstruate are women, and not all women menstruate.” The poem they shared with their free-bleeding photo is brilliant, eye-opening, and worth a read. It’s one thing to know that not just women bleed, it’s another to hear about the intimate experiences and conflicted feelings trans people with periods have.
Inclusive Menstrual Products
In related news, out of respect for trans and non-binary people with periods, Always is taking the Venus symbol off of its packaging. Kudos, Always! (And to the people who are pissed about this, what's wrong with being more inclusive? Venus’ absence won’t change the absorbency of your pad.)
Preventing Breast Cancer
The survival rate for breast cancer is high but it is still a major risk for our health and even just thinking about it can be stressful. So, why not do everything we can to prevent it? This article explores preventative measures ranging from anti-cancer meds to lifestyle changes like exercise and diet (hint: less meat and alcohol, more fruits and veggies).
Period Problems as Sickness
CK: You use the word “sick” — and in the book, the word “epidemic” — to talk about menstrual pain and PMS. Why use that kind of language?
KK: Every day women tell me things like, “I can’t schedule board meetings on the week of my period because I could be passing out.” To me, that is a sickness. That is not a healthy state. I spoke recently to this one OB/GYN who was like, “We don’t like to use the term ‘sick.’” And I’m like, “Yeah, that’s the problem. You’re telling women that they’re fine so they’re just taking it.”
CK: How do women react when you say that period pain is a sickness?
KK: Online, when I’ve suggested that this kind of pain is not normal, some women have lost it on me. They were like, “What are you talking about, yes it is, almost everybody has it.” But there is a big difference between common and normal. The distinction is — can it be fixed? And is it problematic? If you can get rid of PMS and cramping, but you keep talking about it as normal, then no one is inspired to do anything about it.
Before & After
Also, in case you were wondering, this was us before Brazen:
And this is how we feel* after:
*Almost wrote "this is what we look like after" but realized that'd be delusional / too-good-to-be-true. You're a goddess, Janelle!
About Next Week
We'll lead with the good news: Brazen has some sweet Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals lined up for you! Keep an eye out for us in your inbox.
The other news? We're taking a break from the Period Talk newsletter next week so that we have time to cook all the sides we're craving for Thanksgiving. But maybe you can get your weekly dose of period talk IRL. Here's a challenge: find a way to work periods into the conversation during your Thanksgiving dinner. Do you know what periods were like when your grandma was a teen? Find out! And make your uncles and brothers find out too! (Please update us if you really do this.) Happy (early) Thanksgiving!