Women are powerful—so powerful that it can be hard to keep up with what they are doing, what their bodies are doing, and what they are doing for each other. To stay updated on all things happening in women’s health, Blood + Milk rounded up everything happening this week.
- In the village of Jharkhand, India, girls are using murals to promote menstrual positivity. Anjani Kumari and other girls in her village painted a tree shaped like a woman’s body. The mural was in response to a myth all of them had been told as children; if they touched a tree while menstruating, the tree would die. Above the tree, a moon cycle is painted to assist the young girls in tracking the days between their periods.
- Responding to the unforgiving heat waves on the East Coast, Refinery 29 released an article, Why Getting Your Period Is So Much Worse During A Heatwave. They quote Dr. Tosin Sotubo saying, “While heat itself won’t make your periods worse, it’s how the heat affects your lifestyle and stress levels that can have an impact on symptoms associated with your period.” Dr. Sotubo continues,”One major factor is stress: Our hormones regulate our period by altering the amount of estrogen and progesterone in the body.” It sounds like it is time for some major self-care to keep the stress down and hormones at bay.
- While Whitney Cummings newest Netflix special, Can I Touch It, may leave you laughing so hard you cry, she also addresses some more serious women’s rights issues during the hour-long standup. She touches on the #MeToo movement, the fear that comes with being a woman, and workplace misconduct. She also presents a sex doll of herself to address why sex robots will never replace women—but may instead be brilliant guacamole makers.
- Unbound and Dame Products, both sextech startups, stood in front of Facebook’s New York headquarters on Wednesday with dozens of men and women to protest sexism in Facebook advertising approvals. The goal was to expose the inequality demonstrated in the approved and unapproved advertisements by Facebook. The two companies are responsible for the website, Approved, Not Approved, which shares images of previously run ads to demonstrate how Facebook ad policies seemingly promote male sexual health and wellness but often deem female sexual health as inappropriate.
Sex + Intimacy:
- With nearly 1 billion people on Instagram, social media harassment for some is a given. Lawyer Carrie A. Goldeberg spoke on the podcast, The Cut On Tuesdays, about her expertise in defending victims of stalking, blackmail, anti-abortion harassment, revenge porn, deep fakes, and Title X violations. She shares stories of her victories and how she has found her niche in law with the growing social media population. Her work is devoted to demonstrating that harassment on the internet is still harassment, and should be treated as such. To learn more about Goldberg, preorder her book, Nobody’s Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls.
Birth Control + Abortion:
- The Obria Group in CA just used federal grants and Title X funding to promote a period tracking app which is funded by conservative religious men and discourages the use of the pill. The app is designed to assist in natural forms of family planning. The money was intended to provide access to women who need affordable or free birth control, but the FEMM app was granted $1.7M each fiscal year, with a possible renewal that would give the company a total of $5.1M.
- Looking for some new friends that also happen to bring strollers, breastmilk/formula, and kids on lunch dates? There’s an app for that! Not only does Peanut allow moms to connect with other moms in their area to coordinate playdates and mom dates, but they make merchandise to empower both moms and their babies.
- In an interview with The Guardian, Esther Ramos, 16, spoke about her condition as a pregnant woman at the border. She claims to have lost 20 pounds, as she was not fed on her first day there. After that, she was allowed two meals per day. Ramos describes the meals as small, old, and almost inedible.
- Actress Anne Hathaway posted earlier this week on her Instagram about her second pregnancy with the caption: “for everyone going through infertility and conception hell, please know it was not a straight line to either of my pregnancies. Sending you extra love.” Her honest and hopeful message gained the support of thousands, leaving over 55 thousand comments of love and hope on her Instagram. Hathaway has been open about her miscarriages in the past, and used her pregnancy to provide a sign of hope.
- Jennifer Bringle, 37, wrote for Glamour Magazine about the unexpected loneliness of premature menopause. Bringle touches on her overwhelming and unexpected diagnosis of breast cancer and the chemotherapy, mastectomies, and menopause that followed. Her story gives insight into the one percent of American women who experience premature menopause (before the age of 40) and the unsaid truth about “hot flashes and plummeting libido.”
- On Monday, singer/songwriter, ROZES released her new song, Call Me. The song was accompanied by a music video as an ode to those who struggle with mental health. The singer has been featured in music with Logic and The Chainsmokers, but this is her first single.