It started as a conversation between two American best friends. An e-mail correspondence about intimate matters, such as menstruation. When one of the two suddenly answered with ‘Dear Period’, an idea was born. It led to the satirical website Dear Period. An initiative that invites menstruating women all over the world to share their experiences.
Because every woman has something to say to her period, hasn’t she? According to the initiators, who both prefer to stay anonymous, talking and writing about it is the best way to break the age-old opinion that menstruation should be done discreet and in silence.
‘Our mission is to provide women from all over the world with a forum to write to their period. An in return, they deserve a response…’
Want to tell your own period story? Just email Dear Period. Need some inspiration first? Below three examples of letters that have been written and received a reply.
I understand guys being uncomfortable talking about you but I don’t get why some women are. But I totally silenced an entire table of women at a pottery painting party when I made a joke about you. I know I’m funny so it must have been about you. Why is that? You’re not “Fight Club”. We CAN talk about you.
Dear Pottery Painter,
I know I can silence a room, even of women. Frankly, I’m tired of it. I should be celebrated and marveled. I want a voice at the proverbial table.
A change is brewing (and not that change girlfriend), trust me.
As you know I’ve recently started having hot flashes in bed at night. Now I have my regular heavy flow period and early menopause. Make up your &$@?%# mind!!! You are greedy and mean.
Dear Hot Flash,
It saddens me to know that our time will soon be coming to a close. What can I say, I want to surround you with my love? I can be a little needy at times, and well this is how I show my love best. Did you know that omnipresent is one of my favorite words?
Hugs and hot flashes,
I am so over you. You have ruined enough days of my life, particularly in my 40’s. I am soon getting an IUD! The one that eliminates periods all together! So we are officially breaking up! Good riddance to my Aunt from Red Bank! You are mean spirited and I will not miss you. Bye girl!
Breaking up? Not so fast my dear. You really think a piece of plastic is going to come between us? I will not give up so easily. A battle is a foot, be warned it could get bloody.
Why I love getting my period, by Sarah Sahagian
A time for celebration, by Robyn Jones
Dear Period…, by Yayeri van Baarsen
Not so divine secrets of the Bullwinkle Sisterhood, by Mary Novaria
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