Getting Congress on the Right Menstrual Track

Getting Congress on the Right Menstrual Track

Rep. Carolyn Maloney For nearly 20 years Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has been working to have enacted into law a bill aimed at providing better quality control of tampon manufacture. Researchers have repeatedly raised alarms regarding the potential health risks women are exposed to due to the effects of some of the chemicals used in their composition, especially those involved in... read more
No Snack, Just Tampons

No Snack, Just Tampons

I was flipping through the May 2014 issue of Working Mother Magazine the other day and landed upon a small article about a working mother’s recent “faux pas”: on a “crazed morning” she accidentally packed her bag of tampons in her 7-year-old son’s camp bag and took her son’s snack to work with her. Not only did this mistake leave... read more

A rap song for pap smears, Menstruation Barbie, and more weekend links

Have you had a pap smear recently? Listen to the pap rap, then schedule a smear. A new study of diagnostic practices for assessing PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) finds that only only 18.4% of physicians reported regular use of any type of daily symptom monitoring, and only 11.5% of physicians in the sample reported routinely using the 60-day symptom monitoring... read more

Traces of Feminist Rage

In the past few weeks, I’ve been reflecting quite a lot about feminist rage, in part because I recently participated in a panel at New York University about feminist rage with philosopher Avital Ronell, American Studies scholar Lisa Duggan, and performance artist Karen Finley. In celebration of my new book, the first-ever biography of Valerie Solanas entitled Valerie Solanas: The... read more
Blood Moon, Badass Bleeders, and More Weekend Links

Blood Moon, Badass Bleeders, and More Weekend Links

By Peter Gaylard from Australia (Blood Moon 28th Aug 2007) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons This month, people in North America will be able to see the first of a lunar eclipse tetrad—a series of 4 consecutive total eclipses occurring at approximately six month intervals. Weather permitting, the April 15 lunar eclipse is expected to be visible across... read more
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