April 29, 2009
April 28, 2009
Yet although cloth diapering is not in the last bit gross to me, cloth menstrual pads actually nauseate me a little. Perhaps it's the idea of the blood? I'm not sure why: poop is no less disgusting in principle, but blood stains seem harder to remove from other clothing if I put them together in the laundry.
So my question is, how do you deal with the pads? Do you pre-soak them like you'd pre-soak cloth diapers? How many pads do you own? How does the whole process work? I doubt I'll be able to get past the scariness of the blood in with my regular laundry.
April 22, 2009
To continue the discussion of women's empowerment through knowledge of our body, in particular our genitalia, sexuality, identity and politics; I thought I would add to the conversation by sharing this wonderful blog post from Kris Carr's FABULOUS website/blog Crazy, Sexy, Life.
Heather O'Neil editor-in-chief of Eco to the People, wrote a very detailed post (which is linked here and I urge you to read) about the ways in which we women can consider taking a look at not only the foods we eat, make-up we wear, cars we drive, or lightbulbs we use that impact our mamma-earth, but female-specific products as well. Examining the products we use for our daily (and monthly) female self-care, sheds light on not only our health but global environment as well.
As women living in a developed society, we have been conditioned to understand our periods as something that is gross, dirty and disposable. Well, maybe we should reconsider that notion. Our periods are something to be celebrated! Check out this great new book My Little Red Book edited by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff and accompanying website FILLED with great resources!
Also consider this - girls in Africa when menstruating are often forced to stay at home and miss valuable time at school because they do not have an effective way to manage their periods. Well, programs such as Pads4Girls and Protecting Our Future (although this creates waste and environmental problems) is working for and within the community to create change. For more information about other organizations participating in the same mission such as Pads4Girls, please check out Luna Pads website.
Always Tampax - Protecting Futures
Happy Earth Day Mamma!
April 19, 2009
The Red Tent Women’s Project is a diverse and dynamic community of women who are catalysts for social change. By creating safe and empowered spaces we facilitate community building, information and resource exchange, and personal growth for women and girls.
As explained on the Red Tent Women's Project website, a red tent [i]n many cultures, such as Chinese, some African cultures, and the Romany culture, red is a symbolic color of strength or female power. The tent itself is rooted in an ancient Judeo-Christian-Islamic history of women’s gathering spaces. Women used to go to the red tent while they were giving birth or menstruating—they had to because the men in their communities feared contamination from these biological processes. Yet in the end, the red tents became community spaces where women went to learn from one another, to be in community, and above all, to celebrate life. We draw upon these numerous rich traditions when we call the project a Red Tent.
The Women's Collaborative Circle is also committed to providing women in our greater Philadelphia community and on the web a space for refuge, information and empowerment. If you are in New York City or on the web, visit the Red Tent Women's Project social networking site and community center for groups. If you are in the Philadelphia area and are interested in seeing events, workshops or groups offered to women in our area, please contact us with suggestions and offer your skills to facilitate them!
Locally and globally we need to come together to create change!
April 18, 2009
April 10, 2009
I am aware that we live in a sexually repressed society. I am even more aware of the fact that we live in a society where women's sexuality is not valued, validated or showcased in a positive way. However, I watched an episode of Oprah today that was truly enlightening. No, it was more like shock and awe!
First, let me say that I applaud Oprah for her work with Dr. Laura Berman in a series of episodes featuring topics around sex and sexuality for women in an empowering, educating and entertaining way. I was not entirely shocked to discover that women are uncomfortable discussing the topic of sex with their children. BUT... to hear comments from grown women that suggest that sexual feelings or desires should be something that should not necessarily always be "indulged," or that educating our daughters and girls about their bodies and natural sexual feelings may somehow cause more harm than good, are actually perpetuating many of societies ills and damaging social constructions about women! Simply not acknowledging our sexual identities, we are denying girls and women crucial opportunities and information to be empowered, confident, pleasured, happy, self-loving women!
Please, do not misunderstand me, I am not judging the women who bravely and candidly spoke up on this show (Oprah 4/9/09 - How to Talk to Your Kids about Sex with Dr. Laura Berman). This is a wake up call that we as women have A LOT more work to do! If there is any hope for women to - break the cycle of low-self esteem, self-hatred, depression, eating disorders, and most importantly interpersonal and sexual violence - it is imperative that we educate ourselves, our daughters, and all the girls and women we know about our bodies and minds! I believe that if we as women can honestly, safely and in a confident mindset understand our bodies, know that our genitals are called vulvas and our clitoris provides pleasure with or without a partner and that our sexuality holds a lot of POWER; we are better able to choose how, when, where and with whom we share our sexuality, making the world we live a better place.
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