Boo Yaa It’s Period Time

Womanist Musings

May 8, 2009

Once again it is the first day of my cycle.   I am tired and sluggish and just generally want to wrap myself in a blanket with a hot water bottle. I think that this is going to be a heavy flow month and therefore I am not feeling particularly celebratory.  Normally I tell the unhusband when my period starts just so he knows that I am not in the mood to messed with.   This month I came across an accessory that would make that announcement for me.

Introducing The Official Period Bracelet

The Peridod Bracelet

The Peridod Bracelet

The tagline for this bracelet is:The must have accessory for 2009…available now! Saving a relationship (or ruining one) has never been so affordable.

The Period Bracelet

The Period Bracelet

For a mere ten dollars you can save  your relationship from the danger that menstruation puts it in.  Who knew that a little blood could cause so much damage.   I am all for women discussing their periods openly because it is not something that we should be ashamed of but the idea that we need to purchase a bracelet to publicly announce this bothers me.  There is a difference between not hiding your period and announcing it because you are a danger to those around you.

I am the first to admit that I am having a heavy flow I might be irritable but there are various reasons that anyone can be become annoyed without it being the result of menstruation and we have not created ridiculous bracelets for that. Where is the bracelet announcing to the world that a man has jock itch? I doubt that is a comfortable experience but that is not deemed a “danger” to a relationship, only female biological processes are.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.