About

About Me: Greetings :) I got my first period when I was 13. Wheneverything hurts and I am dying I was younger I found it difficult to talk about menstruation with my mother or friends without feeling embarrassed, even though it was a huge area of my life in some ways (I often had very painful cramps). If it had been more acceptable for me to discuss menstruation openly with friends/family that might have helped me find solidarity, become better educated, and find the best ways to manage the pain. The culture of silence around menstruation prevented me getting the best support and information when I was growing up. I started this blog several years ago because it seemed like the only way for me to discuss menstruation openly and freely (without grossing out my family/friends) was online :)

About My Period Blog: The purpose of this blog is to create a space where periods can be discussed openly (as a normal bodily function), without encoding them with any shame. I’m also interested in the societal/cultural/religious attitudes towards menstruation, the history of menstruation, and the research about menstruation. The Privacy Policy for My Period Blog can be viewed here. If you want to get in touch with me you can contact me here or else post a comment below! I’d like to hear from you.

Gloria Steinam: “If Men Could Menstruate”: Gloria Steinam on menstruation: “what would happen if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not? Clearly, menstruation would become an enviable, worthy, masculine event: Men would brag about how long and how much. Young boys would talk about it as the envied beginning of manhood. Gifts, religious ceremonies, family dinners, and stag parties would mark the day… Doctors would research little about heart attacks, from which men would be hormonally protected, but everything about cramps. Sanitary supplies would be federally funded and free… Statistical surveys would show that men did better in sports and won more Olympic medals during their periods. Generals, right-wing politicians, and religious fundamentalists would cite menstruation (“men-struation”) as proof that only men could serve God and country in combat (“You have to give blood to take blood”), occupy high political office (“Can women be properly fierce without a monthly cycle governed by the planet Mars?”), be priests, ministers, God Himself (“He gave this blood for our sins”), or rabbis (“Without a monthly purge of impurities, women are unclean”)… Street guys would invent slang (“He’s a three-pad man”) and “give fives” on the corner with some exchenge like, “Man you lookin’ good!” “Yeah, man, I’m on the rag!”

25 Responses to About

  1. I noticed a blog about pads and tampons which seem to have disappeared in my Readomattic – but I’ve already subscribed to the site because I have a feeling I’m going to like it 😛 The world needs more women who are willing to share their anecdotal experience with periods because it’s very hard for men to really understand it.

    I can’t wait to see this blog progress and as it gets a bit more content I’d love to include it in a link on the side of my blog.

    Cheers!!

    • What ever happened to that post anyways? Seems like you’ve either removed it or hidden it 😐 The period post was great – I was going to link to it too!! :(

      I think most men don’t understand menstruation even post-marriage, they simply “know of it” or know when to avoid it is more like it. I have a few friends who are now married and their wife tells me that periods aren’t really something that’s discussed other than “I’m on” or “I’m not on” and that’s the extent of the period-knowledge/conversation.

      Menstruation can be easy to talk about… I know when I started my blog it was tough breaking into the idea that there will be people all over the world reading it and probably many, won’t agree with my openness and point-of-view on it. Oddly enough, seems like it creates quite a bit of positivity and has perhaps changed the view of some guys. It won’t change the whole world, but even if it benefits just ONE person – then the blog is a success!!

      • atozinco says:

        I have some posts scheduled for the next few days so it might show up soon (I accidentally posted one or two or them earlier then I wanted to, but I withdrew them).

    • yolanda says:

      I’m a gynecologist and stumbled upon your blog! Very interesting and great job!! I’m impressed. I am also very interested in finding out where you got the video of the woman teaching the child with Down Syndrome about periods. please email me back!

    • grace says:

      Thanks for the tips

  2. Oh, wanted to let you know I added your site to my links! If at any point you want to get some extra exposure, I can always post a guest entry on my site 😀 I’m sure that’ll attract many visitors to drop by to you, especially my community members! Cheers.

    • atozinco says:

      Hi, thank you for doing that. I had a look at your blog & added your link to my site – you have some very interesting posts (particularly the one about tampons vs. pads & if it the preference for pads is partly cultural) – it’s great to find places online where discussion about menstruation can occur more openly than in the ‘real’ world. If you are happy to post a guest entry from me to your site, that would be great 😉

  3. Desukar says:

    Hey,

    I just wanted to say your blog is great! Awesome idea to have a place where it’s okay to talk about periods, something we should work toward for everyday life. The links are great too. I’ll be back to read it daily. :)

    Keep it up,
    Desukar

  4. desertvixen says:

    Hey atozinco! I found a link to your blog on Prexus’s blog. Looks like you and I had exactly the same idea for a blog. And we’re about the same age too. Yours seems more factual though, and mine more personal.
    You say you’d like some guest posts. Would you like to look through mine and see if any of it interests you? I’d love to join forces from time to time :)

  5. This is GREAT! I can’t wait to read through your stuff. I’ve started doing something similar on my blog- I have PMDD, and didn’t realize it until I had been suffering from it for years…. many years. I think it’s awesome to have a blog where women (and men) can talk about periods in an informed and safe place :)

  6. bloodsister says:

    I came across your site because I typed in menstruation and Church (more specially, Catholic Church). Unfortunately, not much has been written about it. As a social scientist by training, I was curious about how the Church would discuss menstruation and menstrual pain.

    I loved your Gloria Steinam quote about how the context of menstruation would change if men were menstruated, too.

    The pathologizing of menstruation and sweeping any topics related to it under the rug prevents any advances nor discourse. It is time that women started to discuss this. I mean, we do not ask the channel to be changed when they have commercials for erectile dysfunction medication yet, when there are ads for tampons and pads, we are supposed to feel ashamed?

    The fact that the blood comes out from a reproductive orifice is an issue in religion, as with seminal fluid. However, if society started to contextualize it differently – treating both menstrual blood and seminal fluid as other bodily fluids and ejections, such as “passing gas or wind”, would any of this even be an issue? The fact that menstrual blood and seminal fluid are tied to reproductive organs which are tied to sex changes things.

    Hoping for more dialogue on these matters so they are no longer pathological but treated as normal bodily functions that people will not politicize nor label…

  7. Zorganoth says:

    i love the idea of this blog, i will defiantly follow! and gosh you are lucky to have gotten your’s at thirteen, i got mine at ten and i was in school at the time….worst of both worlds. but its so great to be able to just rant about how mother nature loves to give me my “monthly gift” at the very worst times ever….

  8. petra says:

    I would like to send you a mentrual blood painting I made in 2009. Also I want to send you a book in pdf “Left in the Dark” which’ subject is not about periods but there is a lot about periodes in it. Above all linked to food.. velly interesting. So write me an email so I can send it to you, if ofcourse you want it. Ciao, Petra

  9. Liz says:

    When I came across your blog I literally just sat there and said “Yes. Why have I not been reading and commenting along since this blog’s inception?” . I’m currently in the middle of an individual investigation for my women’s studies minor concerning menstruation: societal perceptions, etc. and I’m thrilled to read what you have to say! The downside of this project is that I inadvertently make a bunch of my friends uncomfortable by openly discussing periods… but maybe it will help them be more open.

    In any event, I’m really glad your blog exists. Keep it up, lady! 😀

  10. adinari says:

    Hello Atozinco, This is a very nice article on menstrual restrictions. I have gone through many other posts here and I must say, you have a terrific blog that talks openly about a taboo subject. Not only is it very informative but also does a great job in exposing the vices related to menstruation. I have myself started a website called http://www.menstrupedia.com. I have used some of the pictures from your post http://myperiodblog.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/menstruating-women-in-religious-temples/ to include in a blogpost on menstrual myths here: http://menstrupedia.com/blog/menstrual-myths-time-to-let-go-of-that-burden/ and have added a referral to your blog. Hope you don’t mind. Thank you so much.

  11. Josefin says:

    Hi there! I LOVE your blog! Would love to know a little more about you. I’m a lot like you (but active in Swedish language mostly) and I am doing some research at the University of Gothenburg trying to give a fuller picture of “menstrual evangelists” like us. Just send me an e-mail if you’re the slightest bit interested and we could talk some more.

    Best/ Josefin

  12. Ishita Roy says:

    Hello,
    Firstly I’d like to thank you for writing this extremely informative blog about menstruation. I’m from India and I’d like to add what I know of the the experiences, practices and beliefs of women here.
    Could you kindly send me an e-mail, so that I can share them with you.

    Cheers!
    Ishita

  13. Arissa says:

    Hello,
    I am a nurse looking for information on transmen and menstruation. Great source of information, especially on the people who give light to their own personal thoughts on this real life experience. My kudos to your site! Arissa

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  15. Ari says:

    I think this can be really helpful. I am a thirteen year old girl and have had my share of embarrassing period leaks at school.

    • atozinco says:

      I’m lucky because my period flow is moderate, I can’t imagine the annoyance/difficulty of dealing with a heavier flow and trying to avoid leaking! However I definitely had several embarrassing period incidents when I was at school! :)

  16. Hash Girnari says:

    I agree to the sentence “sanitary supplies should be FED funded for free” I would say it should be funded by WHO (World Health Organisation) to every family and public places around the world Apart from food, water, education, health and sanitation needs like female sanitary needs, contraceptives could be new addition to the list of basic human needs due to rise of Individualism created for the benefit of capitalist.

  17. Jenny Walker says:

    OMG I love thois BLOG!
    It helps me through tough times and It teaches me things I never knew
    I love MY PERIOD BLOG
    love from Penny Walker

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