Early last month, four female legislators in Italy proposed a law that would, as reported by Jezebel, "give women who want to stay home [from work] during their periods the opportunity to do so." The proposed law, which is currently in the lower house of the legislature, would give women an optional three days paid leave a month if they have painful, or particularly heavy periods.Read More
Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui took the Internet by storm with her expressive reaction to winning a medal.Read More
New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland announced a new package of legislation yesterday that guarantees free menstrual hygiene products in NYC public schools, homeless shelters, and correctional facilities.Read More
Way to go, NYC.
Some good news, for a change: starting yesterday, students at 25 Bronx and Queens middle schools and high schools now have access to free tampons and sanitary pads.Read More
Women have been having periods for as long as there have been people, so it's ridiculous that even in 2016 it's still met with embarrassment or hushed tones. Well, one female content creator is hoping to help change all that with her new webseries, Period Piece.Read More
A Quartz piece by Olivia Goldhill titled "Period pain can be 'as bad as a heart attack.' So why aren't we researching how to treat it?" brought up the importance of talking about period pain. While periods are often censored and seen as something offensive to be hidden from view, Goldhill emphasizes a need end the squeamishness around the conversation when so many people suffer through it.Read More
No menstruation without taxation.
Quelle surprise! Yesterday, an all-male committee of Utah lawmakers voted 8-3 against removing the sales tax on tampons and pads. According to Al Jazeera, the taxation forum voted against the bill because "they want to make the tax system predictable, and subjective variations on what is or is not exempt could do just the opposite."Read More
Like a boss.
In this month's issue of Cosmopolitan, cover girl Jessica Alba talks about running her own business, The Honest Company, which she co-founded in 2011.Read More
Just kidding about the meanie part. Mostly. <3
This study from Binghamton University revealed that most people who receive a text with a period placed at the end view said text as less sincere.Read More
Thinx has been getting a lot of free advertising lately, thanks to all the media coverage about their supposedly controversial advertisements for period-friendly underwear. Vistar Media -- an ad company in charge of taxi video screen advertisements -- has rejected Thinx's underwear ads, claiming they "could be offensive to riders."Read More
Charlie Edge, a 22-year-old woman, decided to go to Westminister with two friends last Friday and free-bled outside parliament as a form of nonviolent protest.Read More
New York Subway May Turn Down Ad Campaign for Period Panties (Weight Loss and Breast Enhancement Posters Still Totally Cool)
Thinx, the creators of those panties you can wear during your period if you're done with tampons, pads, and cups, recently proposed an advertising campaign for the New York City subway as part of their mission to break down "the taboo around menstruation."Read More
Being a teen just got mildly less terrible for students at Queens' High School for Arts and Business, where New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland cut the metaphorical ribbon Tuesday on a dispenser offering free tampons and maxi pads.Read More
Gender parity in the fairy industry!
Period delivery service HelloFlo is renowned for their charming and honest advertising, but this ad might be my favorite yet.Read More
“Make Your Voice Heard and Don’t Hold Back”: An Interview with Period App Pioneer and Clue CEO Ida Tin
Ida Tin is the founder of Clue, a period and ovulation tracker that helps users monitor their cycle and better understand their own bodies. In an email interview, Tin took time out of her busy schedule to talk to us about being a woman in tech, taking charge of one's own health, and the benefits of using an app like Clue.Read More
*Gigantic eye roll.*
Apparently banning photos of female body hair wasn't quite enough for Instagram; continuing to be terrified and perplexed by the realities of the female body, Instagram has now banned several photos of a woman's period-stained sweatpants. How dare you show share photos of the miracle of life instead of your latte art!Read More
Thinking outside of the baby box.
Hollywood seems to have a difficult enough time understanding that young women are a real demographic that will pay money in exchange for movie tickets, so Cate Blanchett's knowledge bomb is going to blow their minds: women aren't actually set adrift on ice flows when they stop menstruating and may even still watch movies!Read More
Last week we brought you the trailer for period subscription service HelloFlo's "Postpartum: the Musical," and now we're pleased to present the full video in all its unflinchingly honest glory. Enjoy!Read More
♫ My ducts are plugged, and my nipples are chapped ♫
We here at The Mary Sue are huge fans of period subscription service HelloFlo, so we're super excited to share this trailer for the company's upcoming campaign for new moms.Read More
Our Diva Cup runneth over.
Good news, fans of political and body-positive projectiles: Tampon Run is coming to an Apple App store near you, and it has a sequel!Read More