Art by  Beth Hoeckel

The other day I was reading a trashy yet popular magazine in a waiting room, and in it I saw a print ad for a new line of pads that could hold a ridiculous amount of liquid – that was the pitch. It was a new kind of plastic technology or something so that the absorption power was a billion times stronger than normal pads or whatever. I’m exaggerating, and I’ve forgotten the details because it was so irritating. It was pretty much the same as all the diaper ads I've ever seen.

Really?? Do we really need to strive for diaper-worthy absorption so that we “don’t have to worry” about our periods? What about just changing our fucking pad (or tampon or whatever) when we need to? To keep things fresh, they actually need to be fresh -- not faux-scented or filled with toxic absorption gel. I want to bust the myth right now that anything will ever take away the worry of your period. Periods are real, messy things that happen often. Inspired by the ridiculousness of the magazine ad, I’ve come up with this list of 5 reasons that you, too, should love your period. Let it flow, ladies. That’s what it’s supposed to do. It’s gonna be messy and sometimes it will be a hassle, but it’s also a mysterious, magical, mystical gift.

Update: Want to read the list? I've actually moved the rest of this article over to my own website, where you can download it for free. Head over to my blog and look at the right side column to get the article. 


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