Saturday, August 21, 2010

Adventures of the Wandering Uterus

I just drew this. I have no plans for it, but I feel good about where it might go.

(Technically, women's suffrage was ratified August 18. My bad.)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Menstruation and alcohol absorption

Today, an epiphany.
From Flow:

"Alcohol tolerance also varies depending on where on is in one's cycle. Unlike men, who seem capable of absorbing the same amount of beer no matter what time of the month it is, women clearly fluctuate: they seem to hold their liquor the best during their flow, their worse in the week before."

This explains so much. Perhaps personal investigatory studies are in order...

Sunday, August 8, 2010

SHE: Sustainable Health Enterprises

A while back, I very briefly mentioned a campaign that P&G was doing in Kenya called Protecting Futures, as well as a similar UK-based program in Zimbabwe called Dignity. Period. In a nutshell, theses are corporate campaigns in place to send disposable menstrual supplies to girls in Africa so that they're able to attend school during their periods.

I've recently learned of another program helping schoolgirls, this time in Rwanda, and I actually feel a little more comfortable getting behind this one.

SHE (Sustainable Health Enterprises) is an organization that provides microloans to Rwandan women to help them manufacture their own locally-based and eco-friendly menstrual products (they're made out of banana fibers!) I like this approach better because it's not short-term charity from a big globe-poisoning corporation, but is instead empowering women to succeed in their own local economies. And I could definitely see how this kind of commerce would strengthen networks of women in Rwanda.

Here's a pretty slick video about their she28 campaign:

Friday, August 6, 2010

Your tampon's defenses will be helpless.

I wish I knew who drew this so that I could give her specific credit, but I saw this on I Love Charts.

Eggs are pretty dumb-ass.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Take a seat

The tricky thing about trying to maintain a blog like this is that many of my post ideas are precariously close to gratuitous TMI posts that I really shouldn't put out into the internet. I think this may be one of those posts.

Okay. So. Toilet seat covers. I don't get it. I don't use them, and I don't get why other people would. The way I see it, public toilets, on a case-by-case basis, fall into one of three categories for me:

1. perfectly fine, perfectly clean toilet--most toilets. I have no problem sitting there.

2. toilet seat with some sort of... um.... we'll say "blemish"--maybe 5-10% of public toilets. These are toilet seats with (a tiny bit of) pee on them, or maybe a rando square of toilet paper, but nothing shocking. I may or may not sit there, but I'm certainly not above hovering over it. It seems grosser to spend time covering up said blemishes with gross tissue paper that you're then going to have to touch again to throw away.

3. toilets/bathrooms where something ungodly has happened--I can only think of a handful of times I've encountered this. And every time, I escaped immediately. There are not enough toilet seat covers in the world that will keep me anywhere that's been smeared with poop. That's all... I really have to say... about that....

I just don't get it. It seems more unhygenic to try to use one, and really, what are you protecting yourself from? It's not like you're rubbing your vag all over the seat... it's just the back of your legs. For like 30 seconds. So wtf? Someone explain.


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