period poverty

It’s Time to Take Girlguiding Seriously

What do you think of when you think of Girl Guides? Doing your Hostess badge and learning to make cups of tea in a church hall, maybe. Or sewing Mother’s Day presents or gathering around a toadstool to sing songs. But over the last few years, Girlguiding (the organisation that …

#Next100Years: A Bloody Novel Way to Tackle Period Poverty

I remember fighting with my Nana when I first got my period. Not just because I was hormonal as f*ck, but because she kept insisting that I use pads when I was determined to try tampons! Despite our monthly bickering, I was lucky. Bloody lucky. I was young, but still fortunate …

Free Condoms Aren’t A Symbol of the Patriarchy

If you’re a person who menstruates, or have ever spent any time talking to people who menstruate, you’ll know that sanitary products can be expensive, in part because they are taxed as a ‘luxury’, as if bleeding from your vagina every month or so is akin to an All Inclusive …

1p Tampons and Other Myths About Period Poverty

Recently I have been thinking about how to engage people who don’t menstruate — namely cis men — into reducing period poverty and the taboos existing around menstruation. I have successfully detached my male friends from the “periods are gross” trope, but I realise that many non-menstruating people have no …

Tackling the Bloody Issue of Period Poverty

Period poverty–when people in poverty are unable to afford sanitary products like pads and tampons–is on the rise. Indeed, anyone who has donated to a food bank or homeless shelter will know that sanitary products are always warmly welcomed. This is not surprising, given that women, non-binary, and trans people …