Microcosm Publishing

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Adventures in Menstruating

I got this great little zine from Microcosm Publishing (my new favoutite place on earth). I’ve only read one issue (issue number 5 as seen on the left) and I gotta tell ya, it’s pretty darn good.

I loooove the cover shot. The overall layout is super sleak and easy to read (some zines hurt my eyes the print is so small and cluttered).

Above all, the subject matter is king. There’s a great article about Activia (the yogourt) and how it’s marketed to women… and their hum..cycles.

I’ve had some really interesting conversations with people who menstruate over the years and it is really fascinating to me how so many people experience menstruating differently. Stories about the first time you got your period are almost as popular as stories about the first time you’ve had sex. I think people like to share stories about experiences that somehow speak to the people they have become.

I’ve written about my Diva Cup before and just recently that post got a lot of attention (someone linked to it on reddit or something like that)… Anyhow, someone commented on it and said “I think I just puked in my mouth a little”. Part of me is always a little tempted to be judgemental of people who think menstruating is gross, because it is such a natural part of our reproduction system. But I get grossed out by excessive amounts of drool or spit, so who am I to go all “natural woman” on your ass.

I do however think that it’s important to realize that a lot of the negative perceptions regarding menstruating were ingrained into her brains by marketing ploys set-up to… I don’t know… keep us in our place (?). Whatever, as long as your not being ignorant or oppressive you can go right ahead and think blood is gross. I give you permission (joking, almost).

(Posted at Cuntlove)

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In Praise of Visibility

He who is reluctant to recognize me opposes me.

 - Frantz Fanon as quoted in Firebrands

There are entire segments of the world’s population that are not recognized by others usually because of their class, race, sexual orientation, bio sex, or gender presentation. To not recognize is to oppose.  To oppose is to deny everyone the basic right to exist. To be.  If you haven’t caught my drift: that is not cool.

If I am killed, no one need mourn me. My people have all been killed in that country and I, too, will die if need be.

- Geronimo as quoted in Firebrands

Invisible. Implacable. Un-killable.

- Firebrands on the subject of Geronimo

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