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Period Pride


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In the 1970s, Germaine Greer encouraged women to taste their own menstrual blood. These days, artists are creating work about periods to help erase the menstruation stigma. Cristen and Caroline look at the evolution of period pride and discuss whether the in-your-face attitude is actually helping.

Episode Sources:

"Our Bodies, Our Feeds" http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/21/magazine/our-bodies-our-feeds.html?_r=2

"Do We Really Have to Be Proud of Our Periods?" http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/08/19/menstruation_is_having_a_moment_hello_flo_and_cnn_discuss_the_stigma_and.html

"Period Pride Takes Pop Culture by Storm" http://www.salon.com/2013/11/30/period_pride_takes_pop_culture_by_storm/

"'Camp Gyno' Creator, Naama Bloom, Makes Hello Flo the Ultimate Teen Lifehack" http://hellogiggles.com/camp-gyno-creator-naama-bloom-makes-hello-flo-the-ultimate-tween-lifehack/

"Why did Instagram censor this photo of a fully clothed woman on her period?" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/03/27/why-did-instagram-censor-this-photo-of-a-fully-clothed-woman-on-her-period/

"This Woman Is Using Her Own Period Blood to Create Beautiful Photographs" http://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemcneal/this-artist-is-using-period-blood-to-create-beautiful-photog#.qvwb3NaRn9

"Meet Georgia Gibson, an Artist Who Proves Periods Have Glitter in Them" http://blog.helloflo.com/meet-georgia-gibson-empowering-artist/

"'Goodnight Menses' Is a Bedtime Story for Ladies" http://www.buzzfeed.com/samimain/goodnight-menses#.vq6kwmgAO8

"Chatting with Petra Collins About Her Menstruating-Vagina Shirt" http://www.vice.com/read/chatting-with-petra-collins-about-her-menstruating-vagina-shirt

"The Insecurity Pie" http://thehairpin.com/2013/04/the-mystery-injury-pie/

"Let's Do This. Let's Talk About Periods" https://www.the-pool.com/life/life-honestly/18/let-s-talk-about-periods

"Episode 24: My Neck, My Back, My Netflix and My Snacks" http://callyourgirlfriend.com/post/117236207519/episode-24-my-neck-my-back-my-netflix-and-my

Topics in this Podcast: pop culture, gender, health, feminism, menstruation


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