Originally Posted by SecondTime'Round View Post
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.
--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!