By Juliet Vandensteen
Girl Flu? Shark Week? Auntie Flo? The Crimson Tide? Whatever you call it, we understand that periods pretty much suck the fun out of everything! Although some women are fortunate enough to breeze through the week with little discomfort and bloating, many are subject to a world of painful pimples, exhausting nausea and gut-twisting agony.
So, we’ve come up with 5 great ways to help make ‘leak week’ more exciting:
- Plan to buy your sanitary products from an exciting new organisation called OneSqin.
Not only are their tampons certified organic cotton, but 100% of the profit from sales will be donated to charities that provide young girls with a life-changing education. OneSqin have just launched their kickstarter campaign which allows you to pledge various amounts of money depending on your financial situation, and offers the option to donate tampons as well. What better way to empower young girls around the world, than to ensure their right to good, quality education. “Give girls the chance to stay in school, share the benefit with their family, community and the world”. You can find out more on their website, and by checking out their Instagram –@onesqin. Here’s the kickstarter too.
- Book tickets to see the Sisters of Eden perform ‘Volume 1: Blood’.
The Sisters of Eden is a performance group made up of three young women, who are tackling sexism within society and powerfully sticking it to the Man! We don’t want to give too much away here, but expect to see these three feminists reclaiming their bodies, destroying the patriarchy and birthing a female rebellion. This witty and stimulating piece stirs a revolution from within, and will have you walking away like the bad-ass you know you are. We think it’s just what you need to remind yourself how great us women truly are! Get tickets to their upcoming performances here – and to find out more head over to their Instagram – @sistersof3den.
- Take time to donate supplies, time or skills to ‘Bloody Good Period’.
Pick up some extra sanitary products on your weekly shop and donate them to asylum seekers and refugees across the country who can’t afford this ‘luxury’ commodity. Asylum seekers in the UK are not allowed to work or claim benefits – instead they are provided with approximately £5 per-person, per-day by the Government. Many of the women living in poverty find themselves using toilet paper, bits of fabric and even socks as a substitute for these products. Bloody Good Period have created an Amazon Wishlist to make donating to the cause even easier – but if you don’t have the cash to spare yourself, you can offer your time and skills by getting in touch with the organisation on Facebook or Twitter – @bloodygood_.
- Fight the Tampon Tax.
Sanitary products are a necessity, not a luxury – and the sooner this mentality is one adopted by all, the better. This is perhaps one of the simplest options on this list, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Read up on the ‘Tampon Tax’ in the UK, and voice your opinions. Sign petitions, write letters, make a song-and-dance about it! Until every woman has the equal right to take care of her own personal hygiene with dignity, we aren’t going to quit. Period.
- Listen to the powerful words of Dominique Christina – ‘The Period Poem’.
Think back to your first period. Were you at home? Were you at school? Maybe you were at a friend’s house? Or a boyfriend’s? Were you prepared? Did you know what was happening to your body? Did people find out? Were you embarrassed? Scared even?
For young girls everywhere, puberty and periods are life-changing and bring about an unspoken uncomfortable era, where hormones fly and the body undergoes numerous transformations. Dominique Christina, a self-proclaimed poet, educator and feminist, wrote a poem for her 13-year-old daughter, to remind her to be proud of the red river that flows from within. The sharp-witted, no-nonsense recital hits out directly at a guy on twitter, who wrote: “I was having sex with my girlfriend when she started her period, I dumped that bitch immediately.”
Motivating, invigorating and passionate throughout, the poem relates to all women who have ever been embarrassed or ashamed of their body.
Excerpt: “Name the blood something holy, something mighty, something unlanguageable, something in hieroglyphs, something that sounds like the end of the world. Name it for the war between your legs, and for the women who will not be nameless here. Just bleed anyhow, spill your impossible scripture all over the good furniture. Bleed, and bleed, and bleed on everything he loves, period.”
We suggest you watch video and share it with Every. Woman. You. Know.