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:
Pretty cool, huh?
And since I’m a poet, here’s a mentrual poem by Lucille Clifton:
poem in praise of menstruation