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Mom, Daughter Buy Tampons and 'Smash the Patriarchy'

Text conversation during Walmart shopping trip goes viral

(Newser) - People are singing the praises of an Arkansas mother and daughter who turned a trip to Walmart to buy tampons into an opportunity to "destroy menstruation stigma"—as per Teen Vogue —and—as Mashable puts it—"rip into the patriarchy." Us Weekly reports Belinda Hankins... More »

Company Promises 'Mess-Free Period Sex,' Raises $1M

Flex is the anti-tampon

(Newser) - Want to raise $1 million? Promise women—and their significant others—a device that allows them to have sex during their periods without worrying about blood. Mashable reports the Flex Company received that amount in funding this month. The San Francisco-based startup, which calls its FLEX menstrual disc the anti-tampon... More »

NYC Is Making Tampons Free for Millions of Women

Millions of women will have access to free tampons in schools, shelters, and jails

(Newser) - New York City is on track to become the nation's first city to require free tampons and sanitary pads in public schools, homeless shelters, and jails after lawmakers approved the idea Tuesday amid a national discussion of the costs of having a period, the AP reports. The proposal marks... More »

Will Women Actually Insert This Smart Device Up There?

A Bluetooth-connected tampon is due to hit the market in 2017

(Newser) - It seems there are connected, wearable devices for anything these days, even of the very up close and personal variety—think vibrators and Kegel exercisers. Now a startup called my.Flow is hoping to help women avoid the embarrassment and cost of over-saturated tampons by introducing a smart one whose... More »

Michigan Sees 'Cluster' of Toxic Shock Cases

5 cases have been reported since December

(Newser) - Cases of toxic shock syndrome have been falling since the 1980s, partly due to increased warnings about tampon use. That's why a sudden bump in cases in Michigan is so startling. Greenville's Rylie Whitten was put on life support in early January with one of the worst cases... More »

Student Almost Died After Forgetting to Remove Tampon

Weeks later she still needs crutches

(Newser) - Emily Pankhurst is alive today thanks to her mother's sage advice and a round of antibiotics after she discovered that her fatigue, headaches, and fevers weren't mere stress during final exams but the result of leaving a tampon in for nine days. A month later, as she is... More »

Calif. Pols Push 'Tampons for All' to Fix 'Gender Injustice'

Legislators want to get rid of state sales taxes on feminine hygiene products

(Newser) - Health products like walkers and Viagra are exempt from California state sales tax, and if two assembly members have their way, feminine hygiene products will soon enjoy the same status. Cristina Garcia and Ling Ling Chang introduced a measure Monday maintaining that tampons, sanitary napkins, and similar products are a... More »

Prisons' Quiet Humiliation: a Lack of Menstrual Pads

Columnist: They're kept in short supply, in part to degrade women

(Newser) - A former inmate at a US women's prison takes to the pages of the Guardian to complain about a quiet way that prisons humiliate and degrade those locked up: with a lack of menstrual pads. Bozelko served at York Correctional Institution in Connecticut, but she says the problem is... More »

Colbert Shines Light on Vodka Tampon Trend

And by 'shines light on' we mean 'mocks mercilessly'

(Newser) - Parents, do you know what your teenagers are doing with their vodka? How about their feminine hygiene products? Because odds are they’re soaking the latter in the former and sticking them in their you-know-wheres, high school security cop Chris Thomas tells KPHO 5 in Phoenix, saying the phenomenon is... More »

Guy Finds Tampon in Cereal

Now he's suing, not surprisingly

(Newser) - There was more than just chocolate chips in one Georgia man’s box of Chocolate Chip Crunch cereal, and now he’s suing. Thomas Roddenberry claims he bought the box back in 2008, poured his first serving, took a bite, and then found…a used tampon in the bowl. He... More »

New Tampon Ads Mock Old Tampon Ads

Kotex commercials aim for a bit more reality

(Newser) - Tampon ads make your period seem downright fun, typically featuring girls clad in white, twirling around on the beach or perhaps doing yoga. One tampon company, however, is calling those ads what they are: ridiculous. “How do I feel about my period? I love it,” says the woman... More »

Vodka Tampons? A Ridiculous Myth

Most teens won't bother with anal beer bongs, either

(Newser) - The Internet’s been all atwitter with talk of vodka-soaked tampons and anal beer bongs, supposedly new fads in teenage intoxication. The talk stems from an Arizona TV news piece in which a rehab spokeswoman, Stephanie Siete, said teens were shoving liquor into their unmentionables to hurry it into the... More »

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