Celebrate A First Period!
We all know that most women in America conceal their menstruation at all costs, hiding something that Simone de Beauvoir said represents the essence of femininity.
So most women feel ashamed of that very thing that distinguishes them from men? I beg your pardon?
Helynna Brooke wants you to instead celebrate this feminine essence with a ceremony, and has made a kit (you see a small part of it at left) for a girl having her first period and those close to her.
Although not a unique idea in America or in many other places - see the film Under Wraps (above) for Tamara Slayton's approach - she has a special way to do this.
Her Web site tells the story, or call her toll free: 888-965-4812!
Relieve the Women of Williamsburg!
That's what Daisy Decapite does with her 'zine (at left).
This Williamsburg occupies part of Brooklyn, New York, and readers get a great variety of information and opinions not only about menstruation, but guys, salty spots (no, you have to read it), poems and - well, stuff!
It's not dull. And the illustrations zip it up. Many have a woodcut look - very attractive!
Write Daisy, who wants you to "enjoy your bleedin' day!"
Irregular menses identify women at high risk for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which exists in 6-10% of women of reproductive age. PCOS is a major cause of infertility and is linked to diabetes.