Periodic

This, my folks, is going to be a classic Well Woman Period Post! (thus: TRIGGER WARNING if periods are a sore subject for any reason)

I have noticed that me and many of my friends have gotten synched up this month, so periods are on the brain. First, get in the mood with some tunes. Ok, let’s begin.

Firstly, do periods really get synched up? Let’s do a little WW mythbusting and find out. I think this article does the best job of explaining the debate. Basically, a famous study from the 70’s purported to prove it was real, but there has been backlash ever since. Scientific treatment of sexual and reproductive issues is always fraught, so I think there are some underlying tensions here. Remember that time when scientists said they couldn’t find the G-Spot? Many times things that are common, experiential knowledge for women meet with disdain and skepticism in the lab. On the other hand, women are human too and we all have plenty of misconceptions and superstitions that science will never affirm.

Ok, now that we’ve got that science over with, how about some art? Check out these babies–is that glitter I detect? And what about this one:

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Pretty cool, huh?

And since I’m a poet, here’s a mentrual poem by Lucille Clifton:

poem in praise of menstruation

if there is a river
more beautiful than this
bright as the blood
red edge of the moon          if


there is a river
more faithful than this
returning each month
to the same delta          if there


is a river
braver than this
coming and coming in a surge
of passion, of pain          if there is


a river
more ancient than this
daughter of eve
mother of cain and of abel          if there is in


the universe such a river          if
there is some where water
more powerful than this wild
water
pray that it flows also
through animals
beautiful and faithful and ancient
and female and brave


***


Now, let me point out that as much as I dig this poem, I really wish she didn’t say the word female. It really dates this poem as a kind of 70’s transoblivious artifact. You know, not only “females” get periods! Genderqueer and transmasculine people get them too. Here‘s an article about period control from a gender-nonconforming perspective. And if you want to read a huge diversity of perspectives, check out this Genderfork thread. Furthermore, not all women get periods!



Over and out!
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