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post #31 of 62 (permalink) Old 06-17-2015, 06:15 PM
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Re: Uhh..Ladies, what do you think of "free bleeding"?

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The worst thing that I do is take off my bra when I get home and throw it over a banister and tell everyone in the house that I'm home and I just "Freed the Hostages."


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Haha! Post of the day, right here.

This thread reminded me of The Red Tent, too, although that was so much more about female bonding and not at all about any kind of "shackle of patriarchy" as you aptly said.

Even though on my heaviest days I still can't make plans that keep me away from a bathroom for more than an hour (this affects my life negatively with never being able to sign up to supervise certain types of field trips, schedule certain vacations/trips/outings, etc.), I still am thankful I live in 2015 and not 1920!

I've never felt like Tampax was raping me.

Side note: A few years ago, at my last GYN visit (shame), my dr. gave me some pills to try that really lessen your flow, while I tried to decide whether or not to get an IUD (still deciding). I forget what they are called, but she said they've been used in Europe for a long time but not in the USA. The next month I used them because I was on my heaviest day on a day I was going to be in a harness/suspended in the air for 3.5 hours (treetop ziplining tour). They worked VERY well. However, the trade-off was really bad stomach pain for a few days even after stopping the pills. NOT worth it.
Ha ha, thanks!

In mentioning The Red Tent, It was the most accessible cultural reference I could come up with off the top of my head that shows an example of the sequestration of women based on their menses, though it does exist in other forms, either culturally or at a socio-economic constraint (thinking specifically of NextTimeAround's comment about poor girls in the 3rd world who cannot afford feminine hygiene products). While The Red Tent isn't itself about patriarchy (it's one of my favorite books, I've read it several times), the cultural act of sequestration may be. I say may because I'm not familiar enough with the history of the practice to say one way or another.

@NextTimeAround--I work for a graduate school of international affairs, and our most popular area of study is international development. I do a lot of travel recruiting students at colleges around the country, and last year I met a very enterprising young woman who had started running tampons donation drives on campus to sent products to young women like you mentioned. The idea is that women always have a couple spares in their bag at any time, and while purchasing whole boxes to donate might strain a student's budget, donating the 2-3 in her bag on the spur pf the moment would be manageable. Her intention is to expand this beyond her own campus to other schools around the country and to raise awareness on this very issue. The idea is that women always have a couple spares in their bag at any time, and while purchasing whole boxes to donate might strain a student's budget, donating the 2-3 in her bag on the spur pf the moment would be manageable. I promptly dumped out my purse and gave her every tampon I had!

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Uhh..Ladies, what do you think of "free bleeding"?

This all sounds like an angle to get a week off of work every month.
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Ha ha, thanks!

@NextTimeAround--I work for a graduate school of international affairs, and our most popular area of study is international development. I do a lot of travel recruiting students at colleges around the country, and last year I met a very enterprising young woman who had started running tampons donation drives on campus to sent products to young women like you mentioned. The idea is that women always have a couple spares in their bag at any time, and while purchasing whole boxes to donate might strain a student's budget, donating the 2-3 in her bag on the spur pf the moment would be manageable. Her intention is to expand this beyond her own campus to other schools around the country and to raise awareness on this very issue. The idea is that women always have a couple spares in their bag at any time, and while purchasing whole boxes to donate might strain a student's budget, donating the 2-3 in her bag on the spur pf the moment would be manageable. I promptly dumped out my purse and gave her every tampon I had!

I hope that's effective. Back when I needed such items, a tampon left in my purse for too long would eventually lose the packaging. ergo, it would lose its hygeinic ness as well.
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Oh hello no!!
This isnt for me! I can tell you as someone who has bled for 7 months strait that i would never leave the bathroom if i had to free bleed. Totally gross enough as it is having a vagina that expells that crap in the first place.
Blehhhh
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Re: Uhh..Ladies, what do you think of "free bleeding"?

I sometimes engage in it if I am having a light flow and don't want to deal with pads/tampons etc. Even if I wear a skirt and just regular ol' panties and sit down somewhere nothing leaks.
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The only time I think it would be a good idea is when you're called in for jury duty.
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Is THAT what they mean by padding the jury!?!?

I never knew!...
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Re: Uhh..Ladies, what do you think of "free bleeding"?

freeing hostages... lol

men! stop women from dictating toilet seat movement. free the seat! leave it up!

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Re: Uhh..Ladies, what do you think of "free bleeding"?

Why would you want to ruin perfectly good clothing just for the sake of promoting feminism? I mean, I have a vagina and I would like to be in control of what happens to it, so, by some peoples definition, that makes me a feminist.
But, I also like to be hygienic and walk around the world without leaking. If you're so against tampons and pads, try a menstrual cup.
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Re: Uhh..Ladies, what do you think of "free bleeding"?

Never heard of it.. it's one of those things that's so utterly ridiculous.. it's not even worth a read or to comment on....but a flippant "I can't believe how crazy some people are !"...I like my pads thank you !
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LOL WTF?!!!

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I just hope no one starts a free crapper movement.
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Re: Uhh..Ladies, what do you think of "free bleeding"?

Some women have too much time on their hands. I don't see how going around free bleeding is going to foster feminism. In third world countries, women are forced to use old rags where they have to re wash to keep clean because they have no choice. How they would probably love to be able to go to the local stores to buy clean hygienic products that would alleviate odor and accidents. Now in developed countries wants to try this as a novelty. How stupid!
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Someone mentioned this on another forum I visit. There is a movement of a (I hope to god) small number of women, mostly radical feminists that subscribe to a belief of what is known as "free bleeding" where, as it sounds where women refuse to use any feminine hygiene products (ie pads/tampons etc) during their period. I googled it and unfortunately some pics came up I did not want to see, but I did find a site that talks about it (don't worry no pics)

Letting ourselves bleed

Apparently it's to help "empower" women by trying to make menstruating as natural as possible with no shame.

Sooo ladies...Have you ever heard of, or ever even participated? What do you think?
LOL ...WTF? I am afraid to google that... but it sounds rife with impracticalities... Don't the clothes that they do wear get stained/ruined? Or what, do they walk around naked? In which case, doesn't furniture get stained/ruined? Dried blood running down and caking on their legs? That empowers them? Do they go out in public? Go to work? Or are they so empowered they stop functioning while menstruating? Do they wear their stained clothes when no longer menstruating as a badge of honor?

Seriously - WTF?!
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Well, at least you ladies understand how gross this is despite everything they claim to help with women. They even have a FB group: https://www.facebook.com/FreeBleeding

Their about section says:
Stop raping yourself with male inventions like tampons. We need not hide our menstruation so as to not offend society with our femininity! BLEED FREE!
This may be inaccurate, but I recall reading that tampons were invented by female nurses during the war who used cotton to stop the flow so they could keep working long shifts helping the wounded.
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