Period Piece is a brilliant web series about women in different periods of history… having their periods. (…)
Burning toads and soaking tampons in opium?! In the past they had some very strange ways to get rid of menstrual cramps. Just don’t try them at home. (…)
When are ‘women problems’ real problems? Quite simple: when it affects men. Vintage advertisements often emphasise the impact women complaints have on the man: It’s no fun to live with a wife with nerves. (…)
Let’s listen to our bodies as they will naturally regulate with the greater cycles of nature. Kate Bavister writes about a call for mitigating matters of menstruation and changing the language. (…)
The sanitary pads women wear today are pretty comfortable. But what did the predecessors look like? (…)
The story of the white pieces of cotton throughout the centuries. (…)
The horrible cramps women suffered in Victorian times were thought to be period pain.
Of course you can bathe. You should bathe. But take care and don’t catch a cold. In 1946, Walt Disney gave menstrual education. (…)
She was the first real-life woman appearing in a commercial for sanitary towels: Elizabeth ‘Lee’ Miller (1907-1977). In the twenties she was a successful model in New York.
‘The wine is sour, flowers wilt, seeds dry out, bee colonies die, even the mirror becomes dull and loses its gloss ivory’ – Pliny the Elder.
During World War 1, army nurses in a French hospital realised that bandages made of wood pulp could also be used as sanitary towels.
‘Women are defective by nature.’ Those are the words of the Greek philosopher Aristotle. He considered females as inferior because they menstruate instead of producing semen.
According to Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, menstruation was the salvation of most women. (…)