A friend just e-mailed me your Web site address, adding, "You'll love it!" As your first page started to come up, I thought, "Oh, RIGHT! This guy is from another planet!" Then, of course, I was drawn to the "horable" letter, and I decided that while you may be from another planet, you obviously have a sense of humor. So I took the tour. What an incredible idea for a museum! There's nothing about this topic that needs to be shoved into the back of the closet -- neither (in my opinion, anyway) should it be glorified as the most fabulous mystery of life ever (puh-LEEZ). Your treatment of it as part of every culture in some form or another is exactly right.
But really, can you actually make a LIVING doing this? (More power to you if you can.)
Thank you so much.
This is the most interesting site I've ever been to. Thank you thank you and again, sincerestly, thank you.
I don't have much time to goof around right now, but I ran across your site in a Yahoo search of Washington, D.C., museums and galleries.
I love it!
Keep up the good work - I hope to be able to visit sometime.
I'm sure you know you have a marketing niche in the G/L/B community (I'm bi). Make sure you're seen there; you have a great thing to offer!
Thank you for the museum and the site! I found it (this site) via the BUST [magazine] Web page (www.bust.com).
Now on to my feminist rant!
I've never tried any (either?) of the [menstrual] cups but I think I learned a lot from reading others' comments. Of course, I wish we could take care of our planet a little better. The issue of cups being messy/public restrooms is a justifiable concern, (especially under your nails - I know what this is like and this was the first thought I had when reading about the "dirty" issue), but women's fear of their own body/blood made me have fear - and anger. I can't help but think: Why don't men have this problem? They are always making references to their own bodies and women's too. If you can't live with your own blood, what can you live with? The blood IS the life, of you and fetuses. BUT if there are bacteria in that blood, I wonder how good it is to let it sit and fester - way up inside of your body? (Just a thought). But I do think that The Keeper sounds very good.
My main concern is just what the student of Chinese medicine pointed out. I think that having something pressing up on an internal body part, possibly rubbing with your movements (but I wouldn't know), crippling circulation and oxygen flow is really very scary and I'm surprised that this doesn't concern anyone, apparently. Not to mention my dismay at hearing about one of these gizmos CUTTING! Think of what would happen if a, let's see, a condom or a jock strap (?), or something, cut a men's penis! The "stronger sex" would be in a hospital for a month for reconstructive surgery!
What I've been thinking throughout every post, is just how much history there ISN'T to this issue of bleeding once a month by every woman, for how many centuries (how many months is that?)! I don't want to sound like I think that menstruation is a problem (I love it for being something that only women can experience and it is great for that!) but, yes, it is inconvenient and messy, etc., and in my tender 18 years, I am of the opinion that if it were a man's problem, it would have a fuller history, and be celebrated -- (as it is here!) not a taboo subject...that is viewed as "unclean" and everything else - you know the story. I might even get ridiculous, as is my style, and think that the (few) instruments we have, which cause toxic shock, bladder infections, that cut, suction, pull, etc., are really a conspiracy thought up by "the man"! (Don't ask)
Maybe we should go back to rolling up cloth and let those men stop collecting our money and if they don't like how big pads look, they can shove it - somewhere else! : )
"In with anger, out with love"!
I love you all! and thanks again! Take pride in your period. It's a symbol (nothing against post-menopausal women - that's a whole other subject!).
I stumbled across your Web site looking for information regarding menstruation. Perhaps there isn't a good variety portrayed on your site. However, I got the impression that your primary interest was in the things used to capture or control the menstrual flow.
If you have information regarding more of the sociological, physical and psychological sides of menstruation, I would suggest adding it to your site.
I think this could be one of the best things out there for women, since it is such a taboo subject. I have for years been curious as to why it isn't discussed in a more open manner, either by the media or the public in general.
I hope to see more helpful information on your site in the future. Or at least links, if you're not really interested in all of the aspects of a woman's menstrual cycle, to Web sites that do discuss the the areas.
Feel free to e-mail me back and let me know what your plans are. I'd love to forward this site to some younger women who aren't very informed, but I hesitate to do so until I feel they can learn more that is applicable to their daily lives.
In the end, I appreciate that you have the courage to do this in the first place and I hope that you won't be discouraged when you're looked upon as a sort of odd person because of it. Unless you are odd, in which case, I just hope you keep it all respectable.
I appreciate your comments.
Before I started the museum over three years ago, and the site almost two years ago, I researched the concept of a museum. Museums show things and processes involved in the subject in question, which in this case is menstruation. I knew there would be criticism when I showed these items, many of them sent to me from around the world. People are not used to seeing or talking about them.
Although publications are the traditional source for the information you are looking for, there are several Web sites supplying such information, some of which I have linked to the MUM site, and which are scattered in the News sections, which go back over a year. In these news sections, I have also talked about menstrual odor, PMS, medication for depression, treatment for excessive bleeding, conditions necessary for menstruation, abortion, etc.
What I hope to do soon is collect these sites and put them on the NetConnect page, which already exists, but which I haven't updated for months. (I also need to update the Index to News page.)
The reason I have not done more of this, although I will continue to do so to the extent I can, is that I have decided to concentrate on things people cannot easily see elsewhere, rather than repeat information found on other sites, on TV or radio, or in publications. The reason is time; with rare exceptions, I work on the site and museum only weekends, and I do it free, on my own time. Weekdays I have a money-earning job totally unrelated to the museum and site.
For the same reason, I seldom repeat health news available elsewhere, although I would like to very much. This three-day weekend, for example, I have spent over forty hours conducting visitors through the museum, answering e-mail and putting together the Web site. It is a colossal amount of time to be working free. But I thought hard about it four years ago and decided that it was worth the time - as a matter of fact, the rest of my life.
What I hope is that one or more people would be interested in contributing to the site. But it IS time consuming, and I don't expect too much, especially when I cannot pay.
Again, I appreciate your comments, and I will try to expand the amount of information I offer!
I am creating a show on menstruation and menopause, and looking for work in all media. It can be from a spiritual, cultural, personal, or historical perspective.
The show runs 9 - 19 April 1998 at the Pentucket Arts Center, Haverhill, Massachusetts (U.S.A.).
As soon as you can, contact Amy Shutt, Bradford College, Box 511, Bradford, MA 01835 (U.S.A.). Phone: (978) 469-1323, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I need your work or proposals as soon as possible!
Hi, I'm a student from Australia trying to contact some feminist artists who use menstrual blood as a medium - are you able to help me out? It would be much appreciated.
laura : email@example.com