Art by Mariano Peccinetti
Looking to live more sustainably all year round, beyond Earth Day? Why not ditch single-use pads and tampons and commit to reusable options? Doing so will reduce waste, save you money, and make your periods more comfortable. (Win for Mama Earth, win for your wallet, and win for your body!) In this blog post, we unpack the Period Plastic Problem and share three products that you can use instead of disposable pads and tampons. Spoiler alert: most people who use reusable options prefer them to their single-use counterparts. Your sustainable swap will likely feel like an upgrade.
How a Month Without an Orgasm Improved My Sex Life
Illustration by Sofie Birkin via Dame
Content has come a long way when it comes to navigating sexual pleasure for people with pussies. We’re thankful for articles like this one, which shares the writer’s personal experience with enhancing pleasure as well as insights from sexologist Dr. Jess O’Reilly.
Here’s an excerpt: “It’s one of those great ironies that taking the focus off orgasm often leads to more orgasms. ‘When orgasm is the goal of sex, we often rush through the process to arrive at the finish line,’ says O’Reilly. ‘This can make sex a process or performance — rather than an experience. When you make orgasm optional, you may also find that the sexual experience lasts longer, and this can change the way you respond to sex. For example, you might breathe more deeply, explore every square inch of the body (which can result in full-body response), or slow down, which can lead to more intense sensations.’ Taking the focus off orgasm can also enhance non-physical elements of sex, like ‘connection, relaxation, intimacy, pleasure, excitement, passion, confidence, and creativity,’ says O’Reilly.” Read more here.
The Plastic Period Problem: How Tampons & Pads Became So Unsustainable
Photo by Hannah Whitaker, National Geographic
Plastic is all up in, and around, our single-use pads and tampons! In addition to the obvious places, like plastic applicators, wrappers, and adhesive linings, you’ll also find it coating cardboard applicators and strengthening tampon strings. That wasn’t always the case and, in some cases, it’s there because of marketing campaigns, not technical improvements. This article looks at the history of how plastic was added, bit by bit, to our menstrual hygiene products. It also sheds light on where it ends up after we’ve used them 🙁
It’s Not Just You: In Online Meetings, Many Women Can’t Get A Word In
Art by Shannon May via The New York Times
Sigh. The gendered workplace inequalities that play out in offices and in-person meetings are playing out on laptops in homes around the world now. To make matters worse, “Online, these imbalances are amplified, according to Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University who has been studying how men and women speak for decades.” Read more about it here.
Fiona Apple’s Fetch The Bolt Cutters
Album art via Epic Records
In case you haven’t listened to Fiona Apple’s new album yet, here you go. It is strange, raw, brazen, and wonderful. Enjoy.
Illustration via @subliming.jpg