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By gabbyedlin, May 2 2017 07:56PM

Today's blog is by Fleurtje Eliza Duivis, a bloody cracking woman.



What is it with us female human beings that we have to have a period. Every. Single. Month. Whomever came up with that idea was male – obviously – and not having a particular bright day.


Take a closer look at the animals surrounding us. Why can't we be like them? Have you ever seen a jay with a tampon in her beak looking for a place to cache it, like she normally does with nuts and acorns? Or a dove hiding her sanitary towel under her wing before dashing off to the ladies room? Can you think of walking the garden path and meeting a cranky toad apologizing for her bad mood? Did you spot a hedgehog wearing huge, comfy, cotton knickers, because it was that time of the month? Or a squirrel slumped on a branch, head in her hands?


Never once, did someone found a frog in the pond having a nervous breakdown, blubbering 'I really cannot help myself. I just can't,' her tears raising the water level.


Neither has one heard of a blue tit almost toppling over because of her swollen boobs, or complaining that she can't sleep on her tummy for the exact same reason. Imagine your cat begging you for a hot water bottle, stating that she is feeling lousy and will be spending the day on your sofa cocooning. And requesting a back rub while you are at it.


The only animals who, like us, are dealing with this awful misery are chickens. These lovely creatures are having a period every day. Imagine that! But chickens live a far easier life than we female human beings do, for two reasons:


Firstly, in their case there is no need for sanitary nappies, eggs are their period products with a lid on it. A bit like a sealed menstruation cup filled to the brim, and not that different from a Nespresso cup.


Secondly, because these friendly, feathered ladies are full of self love, and compassionate towards others. Unlike us, they perceive menstruation completely different.


If one chicken would ever come up with the ludicrous idea of teasing another because of her bloated belly or worse, you could hear the rest of the gang chanting 'not cool. Not cool' before you could say 'period-shaming.'


And none of them would ever feel uncomfortable shopping for sanitary pads if they needed it. Would they be walking the aisle with the ladies section feeling sheepish or even blushing? Would they be putting a box of tampons at the bottom of their shopping basket with loads of corncobs on top so it would be hidden from view?


Hell no. You can trust them standing in line, regardless the gender of the cashier, fearlessly. And when meeting another shopper with her sanitary stuff visibly in her basket, you can expect them to be fist bumping immediately followed by a hug with soothing words such as 'keep your wattles up,' or 'sorry for your bloody loss.'


Next time you are having your period try to be kind to yourself. And if you know another woman is having hers: give her a pat on the back and tell her 'you've got this.'


Wouldn't we be better off if we were more like this?


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Fleurtje Eliza Duivis is an artist, art historian and the founder of the art project Blue Mark


For ME (https://www.bluemarkforme.com/). She is known for knitting mushrooms and


talking to the bin (well... not just the bin).


Twitter: @Fleurtje_Eliza



Image: "Happy Pad" is by Kathryn Corlett© www.kathryncorlett.co.uk

By gabbyedlin, Mar 28 2017 07:58PM

This is just a quick note to let you know that we are now taking donations of menstrual (moon) cups again.

WHY? I hear you ask, between mouthfuls of pasta (just me?)


Well.


As some of you may know I had a lovely stall at the London Southbank's Women of the World Festival, where I met a fabulous woman by the name of Mandu Reid. She started the charity The Cup Effect which works with women to help them understand how to use mooncups safely and with confidence. Like 2 seconds into her telling about her work, I was sold. She explained how she wanted to work with the women who visit the drop in centre I volunteer at, to run a session about menstrual cups, for free, and with a total absence of judgement or pressure. Perfect - we would be able to supply the cups, and bring the ladies along, and she would supply the training.


So that's why we're taking them! Check Mandu's work out at www.thecupeffect.org. She's excellent.


And by the way, the gorgeous image is by the super talented Eleanor Crewes (and must not be reproduced without her and our consent)


Check her stuff out at eleanorcrewesillustration.co.uk


LATERS! Gabby x

By Eleanor Crewes @ellistrate
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By gabbyedlin, Mar 22 2017 09:20PM

This blog has been reposted with the kind permission of the top women at Sexist News.


Period isn’t a dirty word, but for a hella long time period poverty has been thought of as an area too murky to dive into. The grim reality is that whilst we’ve been whispering in hushed tones about our time of the month, many folk across the UK and beyond are forced to go without the products they desperately need.


For many years when I had to buy tampons or sanitary towels (or fanny pads, as I called them then, because Scotland), I’d walk into the shop, shove them in the bottom of the basket and then buy a pile of cheap and entirely unnecessary crap to hide them with. If the cashier was a man I might bolt, or if it was a woman who didn’t look too judgemental, I’d squirm my way through and leave with a sigh of relief. The idea they’d know that I bleed from my vagina every damn month was literally horrifying. I was so full of shame it felt like it seeped out from my pores.


In a beautiful twist of fate, I found feminism and I found feminists. I found a bunch of women who were sick and tired of conforming and pretending, sanitising and minimising and were happy as hell to say it out loud. The catch 22 of periods is that even though they mostly hurt like hell and can come with a whole host of other symptoms – I’m talking sickness, the shits, fainting, walking into things – we’re not supposed to talk about it, lest we seem hysterical or incapable. Our anger or emotion can be written off as ‘being on the rag’ rather than, you know, being a human with actual thoughts and feelings.


As I was shaking off the shame and anger, I realised that I didn’t need to let it go entirely, just direct it to those responsible for this bloody mess. I’m damn lucky. I’ve always been able to afford sanitary products (and mostly the pile of crap I bought to bury them in my basket). What about those who can’t?


To me, to say someone is ‘on the rag’ still feels quite dated and yet quite literally across the UK people are resorting to stuffing their pants with tissue, rag, kitchen towels, whatever the hell they can find. Because if you don’t have the cash and free tampons are few and far between then you don’t have a choice.


Period poverty is part of a much bigger picture of poverty and inequality in modern day Britain, and it’s something we need to fix, pronto.


This is not the time to go with the flow. Here’s how you can help:


If you are in Scotland, Monica Lennon MSP is raising the issue of period poverty in the Scottish Parliament; ask your MSP to support her Private Member’s Bill. Find them here.

If you have money, chuck some in the direction of charities working to provide short term solutions, like Bloody Good Period who provide sanitary products for refugees, asylum seekers and those who can’t afford them or The Homeless Period.

Or if you have time and can get active see if your local foodbank needs volunteers

Get your pals to donate sanitary products to charity or foodbanks, and make it as easy as possible for them to do so

And finally, be period proud. You don’t have to march the streets chanting about clots (but if you want to I am THERE), but you can let go. You have nothing to be ashamed of.




Image reposted from Sexist News, originally from Vecteezy

By gabbyedlin, Feb 25 2017 07:14PM

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BY MEGABABE, NATASHA FAGELMAN


"I read about Bloody Good Period after it came up on my twitter timeline thanks to Standard Issue Magazine. The website was immediately endearing (I love puns) and the sentiment really struck a cord. Periods are bad enough at the best of times, but the worst of times? Crikey. I work in fundraising for a small human rights charity, so I emailed Gabby to find out if there was a way I could help that wasn't just a donation, because I know it's quite unusual for small outfits to have dedicated fundraisers, or the time to spend on bringing money and support in. Gabby was super helpful - she knew exactly what she wanted, so that made it easy - and I spent my lunchbreaks and evenings crafting a friendly letter and building a shareable document of storage facilities we could contact. We didn't have to get in touch with that many before we had the best Valentine's message I've ever received, and that message turned into a dedicated storage space in Alexandra Palace SafeStore. Success all round!"

By gabbyedlin, Jan 28 2017 01:07PM

This is a very English, very female, very polite but still very very grateful request not to receive any more mooncups.


We now have about 50, because you are all so bloody generous. Unfortunately they're really not right for our clients at the drop in, and have not been taken up by anyone, perhaps because of unfamiliarity, or just cultural differences.


I know that many of our wonderful, kind, thoughtful supporters also feel very passionate about the damaging effect that products like sanitary towels have on the environment, and as a feminist organisation, this is something BGP is concerned about too. However, after much careful thought, I feel that it would be inappropriate to try and persuade people who have very little stability (not to mention adequate access to the necessary hygiene services required) to use the mooncup.



We don't have much time to engage with the clients at the drop in, let alone discuss their vaginas, and therefore there simply isn't time to expound on the virtues of mooncups. It feels more important to make sure they feel comfortable, secure and welcome.



This is of course an ongoing dialogue so please feel free to contact me regarding it. If you don't want to buy from the major brands, then do make your donations from ethicalsuperstore.com where you can find organic and biodegradable pads.



Finally, any ideas of what to do with the mooncups, aside from sell them on and use the proceeds to purchase more toothbrushes, underwear etc as well as pads are also welcome.



Thanks for reading you bloody good babes!



Gabby


Founder of Bloody Good Period.



Xxx