July 1st, 2015 was a historic day for Canadian menstruators: after decades of taxing feminine hygiene products as non-essential, luxury goods, the federal government finally lifted the so-called tampon tax when nearly 75,000 people petitioned against it. That call to action is one of many recently.
A feminist ran the London Marathon on the rag sans rag, introducing the world to the concept of free bleeding. Another posted a selfie, highlighting her blood-stained sweatpants and, when Instagram pulled it down for violating its community guidelines, she re-posted it until the site finally relented and issued an apology.
The hashtag #PeriodsAreNotAnInsult exploded after Donald Trump said debate moderator Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever,” and female-led Kickstarter projects for everything from period underwear to Bluetooth-chipped menstrual cups racked up serious cash. Riding the cotton pony used to be something women kvetched about on girls’ night, but over the past year they took the conversation viral and made change in the process.
To celebrate, FLARE put together a collection of old-fashioned confessionals and updates on the latest trends and tech in the bloody world of menses management. Here’s to the new shame-free period!
On the Rag: 5 Stages of No-Period Panic
On the Rag: My Bloody Job Interview
On the Rag: My First Tampon
On the Rag: The Rise of the Artisanal Period
On the Rag: Know Your Flow
On the Rag: Death By Tampon
On the Rag: I Tried 3 Pairs of Period Underwear