A magazine about menstruation? Why?
For the quickest answer to this question: read the posts. Menstruation is linked to all aspects of life. But whenever it’s mentioned, it seems to be associated with problems or shame. A missed chance, but also an opportunity. Because Period isn’t only a euphemism for menstruation. It also stands for an interval of time during which something lasts or happens. And now the time has come to look at menstruation from different angles. Philosophy, physiology, sociology, psychology, economy, history, anthropology and even art: from every perspective there are fascinating stories to be told. The fact that menstruation is still considered a taboo, makes it extra interesting. It’s time to step out of the box. And to put menstruation on the map in a different and more colourful way.
Who are Period!’s readers?
Period! is meant for all girls and women who menstruate. In the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders) this population is about 6 million and in the UK around 15 million. Worldwide, on any given day, over 800 million women are menstruating. This makes for a broad audience with significant age differences. Period!’s intention is to provide all these women with information. Whether you’re 12 (and having your first period), 30 (and debating whether to get pregnant or not) or in your early 50’s (and in the pre menopause or the menopause).
Who’s the person behind Period?
Period! is the initiative of Dutch journalist Paula Kragten. She wondered why menstruation is still considered taboo in modern society. And why every single topic has its own magazine, except the one and only thing all women have in common. A quick calculation shows that in total women menstruate for a minimum of six years of their lives. They have to deal with their periods for about forty years. And also should be ashamed of it?! Naturally, this led to a lot of questions, enough to fill a magazine. Period! Magazine is available in an English and a Dutch edition. Both these feel-good magazines for menstrual off-days are published by Period Media, a Dutch media company with a clear focus: women and hormones.
What isn’t Period!’s goal?
To be a helpdesk for problems with menstruation. Period! also isn’t a forum where experiences can be exchanged. Period!’s goal is to collect and publish as much information as possible about menstruation. Comments, ideas and suggestions are always welcome.
So worth a visit once a month?
More often! With new posts almost daily, there’s something new to read every visit. Great chance you’ll encounter an eye-opener. It’s also the right place for entertainment. As menstruation is still considered taboo, it’s a beloved subject for columnists, comedians, cartoonists, artists, etc. Period! deserves a place among your favourite websites.