Updated 17 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!"

Former official of the
Society for Menstrual Cycle Research:

"You're a brave man."
Woman visitor looking at the museum archives:
"You will be sacrificed."
More

Below, the latest menstruation articles, news, with the
history of menstrual products & culture.
See the original Museum of Menstruation, a cartoon visit,
the museum's future, and reaction to it and this site.

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CREMATION?
And a new sanitary towel, er, pad?
In, um, 1880?
Dr. Galabin and Southall's towels.
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A bow tie just for you?
Ad for Kotex Freedom, France, 1984
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See this museum's first way of reaching a wide audience:
Its newsletter Catamenia, 3 issues, mid 1990s
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A new contribution to Would you stop menstruating if you could?
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What I Learned from the Museum of Menstruation,

and an Announcement
by Harry Finley, creator and curator of this museum


The woman on the phone called to make an appointment to visit the museum.

Along with her nine-year-old daughter, she hoped to bring two of her daughter's friends staying with the family.
(continued)

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Virginity and Tampax:
Ads, U.S.A., 1990-91
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One site visitor, and a chance reading of a Danish
newspaper provided two quotes to think about.
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Mimosept promotes new way of adhering
its pads into panties

Ad, Germany, 1970s

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A Muslim woman writes about periods and Islam
and her attitude toward stopping hers.
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A restaurant review??
Mm, no, a Dutch ad for Kotex, 2000!!
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Kathy & Mo's Menstrual Mirth
A review by Marisa Guillardo
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"[I]n Kenya, one in ten of the 15 year old girls told us that they had engaged in sex in order to get money to buy pads. These girls have no money, no power."
Read The Guardian story, which also discusses menstrual cups and the pitfalls of ignorance:
"A study by the Canadian organisation in Nairobi revealed that 80% of girls had no idea what their period was before they started....  'I ... think that women are tired of feeling ashamed of their periods and are speaking out more often.'
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Mirrors, mirrors, on ...
Kotex ad, October 1923
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A contribution to
Would you stop menstruating if you could?
"I hate needles, but when I found out Depo-Provera stopped periods, I not only demanded it from my gynecologist, I injected myself whenever I didn't have the $30 she charged to do it for me."
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Coyness for Carefree tampons
American ad, 1969
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Gatsby and dark and stormy night?
Well, not really.
Dreams, though.
Dr. Pierce's early 20th century
What Your Neighbors Say Dream Book
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Read the just-published Washington Post article about this museum.
A good job! But contrary to what the article suggests my intention is to either again create a museum or find a suitable place for the archives. Preferably create another museum. Read more here. See the original museum.
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"[W]hat I would LOVE is to get a week off every month, from cooking, cleaning, and working, b/c I am 'unclean.'"
A contribution to Would you stop menstruating if you could?
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New expressions for menstruation from Canada:
Experiencing technical difficulties, technically difficult, Muffy is sick
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Huge ad for Always Slender for Teens,
1987
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Are you confused? This picture proves a point
with the

Libresse ad, March 2016, Netherlands
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Can you get a blood sample without sticking your skin?
You know the answer: of course.
Read the story about using future tampons to diagnose
endometriosis, for just one example. (This is not new: the story missed at least
one early example of using tampons to collect suspicious cells: the Draghi Detection Tampon that Tampax patented in 1959 to find cervical cancer.) The article mentions Lillian Gilbreth and her
fabulous report that asked WOMEN what they wanted
in menstrual containment products. Men ruled the roost
in menstrual products for decades; look at the Tampax board of directors in 1949 and at the Kotex board in 1947.
And in general did men bash women involved in the
advertising industry? Is Donald Trump interesting?

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You can get FREE reproductions of
elegant Modess ads!
Um, er, COULD get free ones.
Four Modess in-store cards offering
these reproductions, 1957-1958.
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While putting the museum archive in order I found this exchange
between Tamara Slayton and myself (Harry Finley) 2 years before this
museum existed.

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"
Free the Tampons"
Great New York Times article about the cost of menstrual products
and the cost of silence about menstruation.

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Czech Dr. Robert Maytáš submits a less nefarious
use
for Wampole's Vaginal Cones with picric acid.

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 New York Times says, "End the Tampon Tax."
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Additions to menstrual humor.
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A new view on
Would you stop menstruating if you could?
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The Art of Menstruation:
Menstrual Igloo by
Australian artist Olivia Inwood
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A German company refits its panty pad.
Ria, 1992

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Nana - the name of a French menstrual pad - can mean loose women.
Funny, the German Camelia pad is tied to a flower worn by a prostitute.
And we wonder why Europeans make fun of Americans for their prudery?
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If you boogie, do it till dawn with Always!
Dutch ad, 2015

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Tampax uses 2 pages to convince British women
Ad, Tampax, 1990
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But what do you think about the plastic applicator?
Ad for the Compak tampon, from Tampax, 1990
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Tampax from the beginning?
Yes says a German girl.

Ad, 1988
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Tampax ad with um, er, OK OK, she's naked,
France, 1991
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Friend Larry W. Bryant has written and posted a petition for your signature to request Congress to investigate the menstrual products industry for possible contamination of its products at
http://www.petition2congress.com/18901/investigate-menstrual-products-industrys-infusion-probable-carcin
Larry worked with me at the Pentagon decades ago, where he listened to my ideas for the physical museum. He's the godfather of this site: in 1996 he suggested I create it. He's boosted my morale since the beginning.
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On Martin Luther's birthday, consider this (English translation follows):

Ja, det er [Luther's] Storhed, at han var bange. En nerveløs raa Børste,
en vild Landsknægstjael, en Fanatiker med Galskab luende i
Øjene, sagtens træde op imod Kejser og Pave, men det er
Stordaad af en Mand, der skælver af Frygt.
(From "Ved Reformationsjubilæet," (1936) in Himmel og Jord - Heaven and Earth - writings by Kaj Munk, a Danish pastor, writer, and playwright opposed to the Nazi occupation of Denmark
and murdered and dumped in a ditch in 1944.)
My translation:
Yes, that's Luther's greatness, that he was afraid. A nerveless crude fellow, a wild country bumpkin, a fanatic crazy in his eyes, can easily rise up against emperor and pope, but it's a great thing for a man
who shakes with fear.

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Would you be embarrassed?
Serena menstrual pad ad,
and a clothing ad, both German, 1982, showing the
same model.
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Recent MUM appearances in media (more media):
The Sean Moncrieff Show (Newstalk, radio interview, Dublin, Ireland, October 2, 2015)

"There Will Be Blood: The backlash to the man who founded the Museum of Menstruation raises the question: Is there a right way for men to talk about periods?" (The Atlantic online, Oct., 2015))

"How One Man Ran the World's Only Menstruation Museum from His Basement." (VICE Media, September 28, 2015)
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Do you think a deck of cards would convince
stores to sell Modess menstrual pads?
Deck of cards, possibly 1960s.
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Does menstruation make her female?
Read
Would you stop menstruating if you could?
And her mother performed

"When I was twelve years old, my step mother did brujería [Spanish for witchcraft] on me. She took my underwear to a black magic witch doctor, who then buried it in a cemetery. She put a ghost on me to make me go insane." MORE (October 2015 contribution).

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"‘Normal Barbie’ can now wear menstrual pads"

Story about a menstrual pad kit from the Washington Post.

See pads and tampons (and a douche apparatus!) made for a doll house.

And see a doll, washable pads (but no tampons) and other material made to teach girls in rural India about menstruation.
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Stewardesses on the Kotex Magic Carpet pad
Ad, Kotex, 1959
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"Menstruation Innovation: Lessons from India"
By Jennifer Weiss-Wolf,  September 1, 2015
New York Times
More from and about India here and here and here and here.

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What's this?
Without a doubt, it would be easier to figure out with more shadow.
But this is a Kotex without-a-shadow-of-a-doubt ad!
1940s-1950s.
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Eyes away from that zone!!
Zonite douche ad, 1932
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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

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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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