Illustration by Malena Flores (@mamafleurs)
The Messed-Up History of Menstruation & How We Can Reclaim It
Ready for a quick lesson on the absurd (and really messed up) history of menstruation? Curious as to how that bloody history affected power dynamics and how it continues to hold us back today? Wondering what you can do to reclaim menstruation (and, if you’re up for it, rule the world)? *Ta-da* our founder Kirsten covers all of that and more in this blog post and video.
Image by Alexey Kuzma via mindbodygreen
Damsels in (Sex-related) Distress
Does sex sometimes cause you distress? If so, you’re not alone. “In a recent survey of young women, a startling trend was observed; half of the participants reported experiencing distress because of sex, and one in five had at least one female sexual dysfunction (FSD).” This article sheds light on common causes and provides tips as per what you can do about it.
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Non-toxic Alternatives to Thinx Period Underwear
Remember about a month and a half ago we (sadly) broke the news about the toxins found in the crotch of Thinx underwear? We’re still feeling down about it but we’re doing what we can to move on. In this case, moving on means finding non-toxic alternatives. Because HELL NO can we revert back to pads and pantiliners after experiencing the brilliance of period underwear and EEK, we don’t want any creepy toxins touching our all-powerful pussies. Thanks to Cosmo for doing the research and compiling this list of PFA-free options. Have you tried any of them? If so, let us know what you think.
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Why are moms leaving the tech industry?
You’d hope the tech industry would be one of the first to provide women with the flexibility and support they need to continue to thrive in their careers after becoming moms. Startups have a reputation for being generous with perks, most work doesn’t involve any manual labor that would need to be done in person, and they’re already using the digital collaboration tools that make remote work efficient. But nope (or not yet anyway). Apparently the mix of presenteeism, long hours, bro culture, a lack of comprehensive child care, and other factors is leading moms to quit. This article breaks down the barriers for moms in tech, the stigma tied to “caring for your own child,” and what the industry can do to improve.
Gender Pronouns on Campus
“As young people who have grown up with a more expansive concept of gender identity bring those ideas to college classrooms, universities have responded in varying ways, with some professors and schools quickly accommodating a wider range of gender pronouns, and others struggling over whether and how to institute new policies.” This article explores how different universities are adapting (and why some professors are resisting).
We’re a few days early but…
Art by Stéphanie Deldicque
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