5 Foods That Ward Off PMS Headaches
Do you get PMS headaches? Are your periods typically short (1-3 days)? If your answer is yes to both of those questions, eating certain foods can help you reduce headaches, or avoid them altogether. It all comes down to giving your body what it needs to make blood. Our founder, Kirsten, explains in this 1-minute video. (There's a transcript too, in case you don't like videos.)
Cash, Consent & Sex Work
If you’re only going to read one thing today, make it this essay by Lorelei Lee (“writer, porn star, etc.”). It’s beautifully written, weaving personal experiences with the history of sex work in the US, while taking a critical look at what’s going on now and how many initiatives meant to “protect” or “save” sex workers actually harm them. It’ll make you think hard about the nuances that define consent, choice, coercion, performance, service, slavery, empowerment, and... work, which, at the end of the day, is what sex work is.
Holding a Grudge Can Make You Sick
Did you know your grudges can affect your mental and physical health? Essentially, holding on to grudges keeps your body in a state of fight-or-flight, causing great stress, and perpetuating negative thought cycles. Forgiveness is “the antidote” and it’s not just anecdotal – there are actually studies on this. For example, “a 2015 study found that forgiving others is associated with lower levels of depression, anxiety, and hostility and higher positive emotion and satisfaction with life.” (More studies, insights, and tips on how to forgive here.)
Tampon Cookie Protest
^ When did seventh-graders get so badass? We have so much to say to the principal, but instead, we'll share a statement from the Revolutionary Girls' Baking Society (Yep, that's what the girls behind the cookies are called!):
"We are three middle school friends who believe no woman or girl should be shamed by her period. She should feel confident and not secretive. It should just be the norm. Because it is. After our cookie protest, our principal and the school board are now working to make sure every girl in our town will have the products they need readily available so no girl misses a day of school. We are very grateful that the school has taken our action seriously and is making a change. Feminine hygiene is not a luxury or a privilege, and not having tampons and pads is a barrier to every girl’s education." 👏👏🙌
Can we all agree that the “moms are primary caregivers” and “dads are secondary caregivers” dynamic is not only outdated but also kind of messed up? It reinforces gender stereotypes to kids at an impressionable age, restricts professional advancement for primary caregivers, and limits quality family time for the secondary. Universal leave, where both parents (regardless of gender) get equal leave and are considered co-caregivers, seems like the obvious way forward. @CEOs, please implement this in your companies!
On the Basis of Sex
We know it’s not a new movie, but it’s currently on Amazon Prime and we think it’s worth rewatching – or watching for the first time if you somehow resisted this drama about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her fight for gender equity. Felicity Jones plays a young RGB and does not disappoint.