Updated 23 August; next scheduled update late afternoon, Washington time, 30 August, but sometimes updated throughout the week.
"Time dos fly too fast"
Lady Elizabeth Delaval
in her poem "Upon the Singing of a Lark" in Dr Sara Read's
"Menstruation and the Female Body in Early Modern England," a fount of learning
This web site is "odd, funny and well researched" - The New York Times
This museum collection is "[U]nrivaled. . . . [T]he best material culture collection on menstruation in the world."
-
Menstruation: A Cultural History
(Howie, Shail, eds.) This museum, MUM, has thousands of advertisements and products concerning menstruation from around the world.
This museum Web site is "a treasure trove of information." -
Kotex, Kleenex, Huggies: Kimberly-Clark and the Consumer Revolution in American Business, by Thomas Heinrich and Bob Batchelor.

Listen (unfortuntely the link is dead) to MUM director Harry Finley carry on about men and menstruation, the MUM museum in his basement, toxic shock, etc., on the Keeper menstrual cup site. No, they didn't pay me.
ABOUT MUM (MUseum of Menstruation):
"May God close your horable museum." From a letter, with original spelling, to the Museum of Menstruation, from "Shocked, by women," mailed from Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
"Consider how Surg. Gen. Koop changed the country! . . . Carry on!" Judge Giles S. Rich (retired), United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D. C. (from a letter to me)
Comments from TV, online, radio and other media about this museum.
Three listeners' comments (more) from my half-hour interview with Howard Stern (here):
° "Get a life, creep."

° "[I] am quite familiar with the obstacles to a frank and intelligent discussion of menstruation." (Nancy Freedman, author of Everything You Must Know About Tampons, 1981)
° "I was just listening to your interview with Howard Stern. You handled yourself very well with him. He lambastes just about anyone with a peculiar interest, but you had him very much in check. I was amazed!"

Google declares this site "adult,"not something a family could look at together and withdraws the ads it had placed here for 8 years (December 2011). I need permission slips from Google employees' mothers before they peek at this site. NO FAKE SIGNATURES OR I'LL SEND YOU TO THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE!!

"Stick to jock itch products, buddy." In a commentary about the museum and its creator in the defunct Sassy, an American magazine for teenage girls.
"Terrifically diverse" - The Independent on Sunday (London, England)
"It's fabulous that somebody out there is willing to . . . pull back the curtain." Mona Miller, national media relations director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, discussing the museum in The Prince George's Journal, Maryland, U.S.A.
"One of the best on the Internet" - Britannica.com 
"Ecco perché Harry Finley ne sa più della tua Mamma" - Marie Claire magazine (Italian edition)
"This gem of a website is a virtual repository for everything you ever
wanted to know about women's periods."
- New Scientist magazine (United Kingdom)
"More interesting than you might think. . . . lively." The V Book: A Doctor's Guide to Complete Vulvovaginal Health, by Elizabeth G. Stewart, M.D., of Harvard medical school and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.
More media on MUM
The New York Times:
This site is "odd, funny and well researched"

Judge Giles S. Rich:
"Consider how Surg. Gen. Koop changed the country! Carry on!"

Below, the latest menstruation articles, news, with the
history of menstrual products & culture.
See the original Museum of Menstruation and reaction to it and this site.
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What a mysterious mess, huh?
This Always ad will clarify it!

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Flo makes poor girls' lives easier
with "a kit that allows girls to wash, dry and
carry reusable sanitary pads.
"

More on reusable pads.
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Dutch Kotex ad, 2000

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American Kotex ad, 1950.

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Ever wonder what the average person ate or how she got their clothing
in an important era of English - and world - history? And,
of course, what about menstruation and medicine? (There's a hint that a
special group of women used tampons, just as stage
performers
[and here] did before commercial tampons.)
Dr Read's book supplies in an easy, matter-of-fact way - that is,
non-academic way - the countless nuts
and bolts of these women's lives, often telling what came even earlier.
And of some men's lives, too.
Amazon sells only a Kindle edition ($10.99) although
Dr Read sent me a hardbound copy with a cover price of
$39.95 (or £19.99). Google advertises an ebook for $9.99.
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Dear Harry,
I wondered if you might be interested in putting a link to a song and video I created 10 months ago, on your Museum of Menstruation website? It's called 'Let it flow' and is a menstrual positive version of Disney's 'Let it go' from the very popular Frozen film. It's not my finest singing ever, but I believe the lyrics are strong and the video powerful. It's proved to be quite popular on YouTube with almost 3,500 views. You can read the lyrics here http://redwisdom.co.uk/let-it-flow/
Best wishes,
Karin www.redwisdom.co.uk
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Two more pad disposal bags, from Arizona
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A contribution to
Would you stop menstruating if you could?

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A Dutch girl chooses o.b tampons,
probably the first native European 'pon.
Ad, 2000.

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Period! magazine goes international
The magazine's Paula wrote me,
"In Holland they wondered why every possible topic has its own magazine, except the one and only thing that all women have in common. Exactly: menstruation. The result is Period! A feel-good magazine for menstrual off-days with new posts almost daily. A year after the launch of the Dutch online magazine there’s an international edition as well:
www.period.media."
Read its press release.
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Feeling alienated?
Dutch ad, 1998

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"Bloody Hell: Does Religion Punish Women for Menstruating?"
Read the article at Vice.

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So infinitely sadder, er, finer
A Nupak ad revisited, 1927.
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A contribution to
Would you stop menstruating if you could?
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Is she feminine?
Ad for Fems "feminine napkin," 1959

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Are you looking at the stars? She sees Kotex blue.
Kotex ad, June, 1929
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THINX about it!
See/buy the pad-in-panty back ups.
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Fashion? Menstrual pads?
And a glove by the best?
Modess pad ad from 1951.

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A woman replies to a researcher's question (11 items below) about free flow:

"I do know this via a close Japanese friend.
She told me that in the days when women wore kimono they did not wear underwear. So what did they do? They held it in until they went to the toilet and then let the blood out. She said it can be learned with practice."
But look at ads for Japanese menstrual clothing in the late 19th to
20th centuries when women wore kimonos.

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Nothing Modes(s)t about this user:
Take a relook at a Modess ad
from 1928.

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Do you have a flair for the end?
o.b. ad from Belgium, around 2000

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From "This Is My Brain on PMS"

"Most of my interpersonal conflicts happen just before my period — problems that would arise eventually anyway, but impaired by PMS, I’m intolerant. I’m impossible. I pick fights. I jump to damaging conclusions. Maybe that’s the worst of me. Or maybe that’s me. Roseanne Barr once noted, 'Women complain about PMS, but I think of it as the only time of the month when I can be myself.' ”
Read the New York Times article by Diana Spechler
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Can you connect a traffic jam to menstruation?
Always does in this 1998 Dutch ad.

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I wonder what those women in Nepal who use a menstrual hut do when an earthquake destroys it, don't you?
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A disappearing item earns a bare ad.
Procter & Gamble sells a menstrual pad for the thong,
2001, in a magazine that disappears soon after
the first World Trade Center crumbles.
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Check out
Widening the Cycle:
A Menstrual Cycle & Reproductive Justice Art Show

(more art)

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A journalist interviewed me a couple weeks ago.
It dawned on that I had photos of the original museum stashed
away so I let her pick 3 to take.
Now I'm going to show you some of the others.
And with an appeal to YOU to start a new museum!
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Help a researcher at the James Joyce Library, University College, Dublin, help another researcher look for scholarly or scientific research on 'free flow' or 'instinctual free flow' or 'le flux instinctif'?  (Women have almost certainly menstruated into their clothing or otherwise freely from the beginning. And do so today.)
He could also mean a woman's ability to retain her flow until she finds a toilet or other place to release it.
Can you help or make suggestions?
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Flux instinctif? No way!
A stylish French woman adjusts her shoe, or something, in an ad for Tampax, November 1988.
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Two American additions to Words and expressions for menstruation from around the world:

You're not a dad and Grandma's here
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Australian help for eternal pain, 2 of 3 ingredients not revealed:
Menstraleve, 1983

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See the creator of this museum
(bottom of this page).
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She contributes to
Would you stop menstruating if you could?

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The mirror doesn't show the whole story.
Kotex ad, July, 1925
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One of the creators of the birth control pill dies at 91
Carl Djerassi, a penniless (after a New York cabdriver cheated him and his mother out of their last $20) Jewish immigrant to America, wrote
Eleanor Roosevelt for help; she got him a college scholarship.
"It was a little help that made a big difference," writes
The New York Times
about his many accomplishments.
See an early example of that pill (1964) in this museum.
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A friend sent a link to an audio and visual tour through the Museum of Menstruation in my house so many years ago (mid 1990s).
My computer sound doesn't work so I can't pass on how articulate (and informative) I was. I hope I was.
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A contribution to Words and expressions for menstruation:
U.S.A.:
(an amplification to) Earning your red wings
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"Sugary drinks linked to earlier onset of menstruation"
Read the story from Oxford University Press at ScienceDaily.
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Red?Just kidding, Kotex! See why.
Kotex ad, June, 1934

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Mighty Kotex marches across America!
Map from 1923.

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Dr Melissa Terras sends this link to the interesting
The day I got my first period
in The Guardian.

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"How Menstrual Cups Are Changing Lives in East Africa"
Read the story in the Huffington Post.

21 years ago a writer from Seventeen magazine attending the
opening of this museum asked me what I thought was the best menstruation "removal" technique. I told her a menstrual cup.
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Toilette vs um, Toilet
Kotex ad, May, 1922
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"Japan charges Tokyo 'vagina artist' with obscenity"
"Correspondents say that opinion is split in Japan over whether Ms Igarashi's work is obscene, with some pointing out that images of penises are not seen as causing offence." -BBC. [Your MUM reddened the words. See related work on this Web site.]

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A Swiss woman answers
Would you stop menstruating if you could?

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"Women's age at first menstrual cycle linked to heart disease risk ...
"First menstrual cycle at the age of 13 posed the lowest risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure."
Read the whole ScienceDaily article.
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OOPS! My period just started!
Kotex to the rescue, ad, September, 1921

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A simple ad for German Carefree panty pads (1991)
turns out to be not so simple
with its second page
.
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 What do you know about menstruation and tampons
in ancient Greece
?
That's what I thought.
Greatly expand that knowledge!
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"Why didn't the Great Creator tweak that whole process a bit so that nothing is lost?" 
A contribution to Would you stop menstruating if you could?
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OMG!
Do these women travel from ad to ad for different companies?
You witness them betraying Kotex for Modess!

Modess ad, 1934
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I see London, I see France ....
Always pads protect you know what!
Dutch ad, 2002
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The notice of the 1971 annual meeting of shareholders
where it's proposed to change the name to
Tassaway, Inc., just in time for the menstrual
cup company to fail!

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The book is a torrent of information, unique, about
menstrual activism.
The author inscribed the copy she sent me, in part,
"For Harry, .... a rebel, & an inspiration to us all!
THANK YOU!"
Dr. Bobel is the incoming president of the
Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.
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What, you think there's a matriarchal society in Europe?
NO WAY! WAY!
Read the story and see great pictures on the French
news site Le Monde.
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OMG, another annual report!!
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Lost but now found:
A friend send me the link to the Roadside America page
about this museum when it was open in my house.

See the video and photos!
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Like, this is a really short letter, isn't it?
Mrs. Chalmers did fill in the center to goad women into
buying her menstrual cup.
And on pink paper!
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A menstrual cup company issues an
annual report, 1970, Tassaway.

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Addition to Words and expressions for menstruation:
U.S.A.: #bloodcannon
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"Jenkins! Brandy Alexander for Mrs. Whitney-Morgan!
And the usual for me - Kotex!"
Ad for Kotex pads, 1927 (updated)

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OMG, five years down the toilet!
Ad for Modess pads, 1938.

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Ah, the mystery of menstruation!
What can this be?
Modess pad ad, 1930

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"90-Year-Old Sex Columnist Shatters Taboos in India"
Read the New York Times article and see some of India's problems with menstruation.
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Geen uitweg reads the Dutch menstrual pad ad: NO EXIT
But is you-know-what exiting under her?

Always pad ad, The Netherlands, 1997
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The Duchess in the stall:
Judith Thurman writes of the brilliant fashion designer
Charles James and photographer Cecil Beaton
and the Modess .... because (bottom of page) ads
of mid-20th century America
in The New Yorker, 5 May 2014.
NEWS FLASH!: Read about and see pictures of the Metropolitan Museum's exhibit of James's dresses.

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What was at The World's Busiest Corner in the 1920s?
No, no, it looks like a tombstone for the traffic dead but isn't.
It was a Kotex display! Well, next to it.
See a kind of proof.
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Are you a smart, beautiful woman?
Bright, full of life?
Then you mustn't have a care in the world!
Um, right.
Anyway, Venus pads are - er, were - for you!
Ad, 1931.

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appreciate Kotex!
At least that's what this 1920s handwritten text for
a Kotex ad says.

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Oh, the irony!
But stains on the seat of her pants would have been worse.
Dutch Libresse Invisible ad, 1997
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This Dutch girl always carries one with her.
Guess! It has wings and - no, not her parakeet.
Well, see for yourself!
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Gosh, will you see the pad
from outside?
Dutch Libresse ad, 2002

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First Moon Party
See this funny ad.

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"Judges With Daughters More Often Rule in Favor of Women’s Rights"
More so with Republican appointees. Wonderful New York Times story.
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Will you get depressed after childbirth?
Read the great article in the New York Times.

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Are you a Doubting Lady?
Or any kind of lady? Or a lady at all?
Modess pads absorbed those concerns!
Modess ad, 1933.

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Want to cheat your neighbor?
The government squeezes another quack, in 1930.
A package insert for
Wampole's Antiseptic Vaginal Cones of Boroglyceride
and the same stuff with ichthyol
,
With the FDA judgment.

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Taking a vacation?
Pack your nice shoes and, of course, Kotex,
but don't swim with one on!
Kotex ad, 1921.

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Guys, want to "experience" menstruation?
No? Darn it, I was hoping you would say Yes.

Go ahead, experience it (at second, third or fourth hand) with the
Menstruation Machine!

President elect of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research
Dr. Christina Bobel, chair of women's and gender studies
at the University of Massachusetts, Boston,

sent me the link to her debate at New York's Museum of Modern Art about whether such empathy (even with this machine) is possible.
I left my 1.5 cent's worth of comment on that site.
She also reminds us that
Menstrual Hygiene Day is right around the corner (28 May).
(
See the great series of photos by Navesh Chitrakar of having to use a menstrual hut - start here. See also hygiene efforts in India.)
And Representative Carolyn Maloney reintroduces her effort to push Congress to investigate toxic shock syndrome and the safety of menstrual products with the
The Robin Danielson Act.
Read David Linton's discussion.
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"Me? Part of the 99%?? DAHling!"
Ad for Kotex, 1939

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"Seven Ways To Beat PMS"
Story at Intellihealth (Harvard)
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Don't you think it's cool that a happy little man would give you a
"thumbs up" for using his disposal bag correctly?

And he's, like, standing right next to you!!!
In the stall!!!
And winking!!!

7 more pad disposal bags from the Director of
the Centre for Digital Humanities at University College London,
Professor Melissa Terras
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Would you pole vault for a flexible Modess tampon?
Actually, she's grabbing an inflexible fountain pen, of all things.
You don't know what a fountain pen is?!! OMG!!!
Like, both star in her newspaper ad, 30 November, 1956!!!
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Would she stop menstruating if she could? She sure would!!! And already has!
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She writes that she's allergic to the latex in a menstrual cup - and gives her solution.

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"Don't hit me!!! I'll buy Camelia!"
No, no, she's advising her to buy Camelia in a French ad
from probably the late 1940s or 1950s.


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Great advances for womankind!!!
1978 American Kotex ad showing the company's offerings.
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Files lost and found:
The NERVE!!!
Kotex wanted to put its pad dispenser where Tampax employees could use it!

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L O O K - I N T O - M Y - E Y E S!!!
GET -  YOUR - HAND - AWAY - FROM - THAT - TAMPAX!
BUY ME!!!

Ad for Vania Ultra menstrual pads with sphagnum moss, 1994, France

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"Ni ceintures, Ni épingles, Ni odeur"
That's the French Tampax slogan you'll see
in this ad from the 1960s or 70s translating the American
"No belts, No pins, No odor."
But bébé, mais oui!!!

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Do you think she can???
Tampax ad reassuring potential users, May 1989
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Julia Kuck's poem
"MUM's the Word"
I'm flattered!!
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14-year-old Uttara Saud sits in a menstrual hut in Nepal
during her period, below.
See the great series of photos by Navesh Chitrakar
(start here)

in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,
one of Germany's best newspapers.

I translated the 19 photo captions into English here.


A section of a photo by Navesh Chitrakar
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Read the amazing story about a man who invented a menstrual pad-making machine in India to supply poor women.
"The Indian sanitary pad revolutionary" (BBC)

From the article:
"There are also myths and fears surrounding the use of sanitary pads [in India] - that women who use them will go blind, for example, or will never get married."
See some other current Indian menstrual practices.
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"Ovulation motivates women to outdo other women, research shows"
Read the story.

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Are you kidding??? White sheets???
Always Overnights Maxis with Wings ad, January 1998
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A contribution to
Words and expressions for menstruation:
U.S.A.:
Flying her colors

with a scan of the part of the letter to a soldier in Europe
that contained it, June 25, 1944

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O dulcet breeze from the Indian Ocean!!! O crashing surf!!!
O - Oh, wait!!! That was a tampon wrapper ripping open!

A menstrual pad disposal wrapper from England ...
and yet another one! Both from the learned Director of
University College London Centre for Digital Humanities and Professor of Digital Humanities, UCL.
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Contribution to
Words and expressions for menstruation:
U.K.:
Womb juice
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An e-mailer sends this query,

I am transcribing a series of diaries 
from the 1890s well into the 20th century.
In these diaries the women refer to getting their
period as the C. R. C. (or CRC or C R C) called. I would like to know what C R C stands for.

Send your replies to MUM.
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Liberté!!! Sororité!!! Tampaxité!!!
Tampax display sits on French dealers' counter tops in 1938 -
then Tampax disappears the next year?

Plus 4 1938 French ads
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OMG, they have lubricated tips?!?
Do cats meow?
Pursettes tampon ad, May 1974
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Do you believe Tampax induces a religious experience!!??
Tampax's "Coming of Age" folder, 1940s-1950s?

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Accidents in the office?
2 Kotex ads to the rescue in 1981!

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Do you want to cause a fuss?
American Apparel sells a T-shirt "with a simplistic line drawing
depicting a masturbating, menstruating woman with pubic hair.
"
The writer misuses the pejorative word "simplistic" - he should have said "simple" - and talks with the artist, Petra Collins, about
the shirt. He makes the point that pictures of people killing one another are accepted and common in America but not menstruation. But for the past 15 years you could see related depictions on this site. By the way, during a nationwide tour related to women's health in the early 2000s one venue (I think the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore) put walls around the section containing the puberty booklets I lent to the exhibit.
I know what a fuss is.  (Photo from American Apparel)

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"The Happy Baby"
Pamphlet from the Lydia Pinkham drug mill, 1920s-1930s.
I'm glad the baby's still happy because ....


... imagine my unhappiness when I discovered on
the Web this exact booklet and article I had been working so diligently
on the past few days - I had created and posted it
five years ago! I had even written similar
commentary and added similar pictures!
Whatever. I made cosmetic changes to the article.
That shows the evil of not indexing articles right after
putting them on MUM. I'm digging through the server
to find and make available more forgotten articles.
Do you want to see what a wet basement can do
to paper? See this booklet before and after
5 years.

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Indexing's not made easier when a 24-pound cat called Lunch Box can (without a warning meow) jump from the table behind me and
collide with my lap.

OOOOOF, he just did.


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WASPish teens have fun.
Kotex Are you in the know? ad, July, 1947.
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