That Mysterious Blackish Stringy Stuff In Your Undies
Do you sometimes find mysterious blackish brownish stringy stuff in your undies around your period? If so, you should know that you’re not the only one. It'd also be good to know what it is, what it means, and what you can do to make it stop showing up. Our founder, Kirsten, has you covered with this 2-minute video (and a written explanation for the video-haters amongst us).
Why People on the Pill "Get Their Periods"
Did you know that the “periods” people on birth control pills get aren’t actually periods in the true sense of the word? They’re not menstruating, they’re experiencing withdrawal bleeding, which is completely unnecessary, medically speaking. This article shares the fascinating history of birth control pills and unpacks why placebos and bleeding periods were included.
The Year Women Got 'Horny'
For centuries, “horny” has been a word for men – even its origins have to do with the similarities between an erect penis and an animal’s horn. But now, women are finally opening up about their horniness (not just their sexuality). This article traces horny’s path into the mainstream through a “people’s history of horny culture” that focuses on the last 40 years and celebrates the likes of Madonna, Fleabag, & Big Mouth.
Tampon Cookie Protest
Sex Ed Needs to Be Less Straight
It is 2019 (2020, if we round up) and yet only ten states require schools to teach an inclusive sex ed curriculum. Worse still, seven states “actually mandate that if LGBTQ issues are mentioned, it must be in a negative light.” Some states literally require their teachers to say that homosexuality is “unacceptable” while others only allow it to be mentioned in relation to STIs. Fucking ridiculous.
This article breaks down the ramifications non-inclusive sex ed has on mental health, bullying and more. It also makes a case as to why inclusive sex ed is better for the whole school and highlights publications that are helping pick up our school systems’ slack, like Scarleteen (“Sex Ed for the Real World”).
How Gender-neutral Dolls Fall Short
Gender-neutral dolls seem like a step in the right direction, but will they actually shift gender norms? A 2017 study showed there is a far higher approval rating for parents encouraging their daughters to engage with traditionally masculine activities (thought to make them strong) than for parents encouraging their sons to engage with traditionally feminine activities (thought to make them weak). A Megan K Mass puts it, “Gender neutrality represents the absence of gender—not the tolerance of different gender expression. If we emphasize only the former, I believe femininity and the people who express it will remain devalued.” More on that, and a suggested alternative, here.