Susan Weidman Schneider and Sarah Seltzer

Period Positivity

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Before you turn the page and enter a world where menstruation is a subject of performance art and hormones are being touted as the drivers of all aspects of our lives, let’s acknowledge the whiplash of living through rapid shifts regarding our hormonal selves. There was a time—well into the 20th century, in fact—when women’s concerns, be they personal or political, were considered “hysterical,” originating in the womb. Periods, like pregnancies in the Victorian era, were to be concealed and were never discussed in public.

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Period Positivity

The articles in this special section:

Like Toilet Paper, Free Tampons in Every Restroom!

Sarah Groustra

Sarah Groustra on how her high-scool journalism led to free tampons in the town's bathrooms.

Period Talk

Chanel Dubofksy

Chanel Dubofsky on period-tracking apps, unsettling performance art, a new take on mikvah, and wiping away stigma and rusty taboos.

Required Reading

More suggested reading about periods.