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This seems to be a topic of conversation lately, and I have a couple thoughts.

1) I was party to a conversation on FB earlier today about the logistics of menstruating while homeless. A number of people in the thread talked about donating things like THINX underwear or reusable pads to homeless communities. And just... no. The idea of having to manage a bunch of blood-soaked fabric while navigating houselessness sounds like a nightmare. Some days it's too much hassle for me even when I have regular access to a bathroom and washing machine. It's a privilege to be able to spend so much time thinking about how to manage my period.

2) I had an experience the other day that solidified why I will never fault anyone for choosing to not use a menstrual cup: I was emptying mine in the bathroom at work a couple days ago, and accidentally dropped it. It rolled across the floor, leaving a trail behind it as it went. Ugh.


Date: 2016-10-23 05:43 am (UTC)
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A number of people in the thread talked about donating things like THINX underwear or reusable pads to homeless communities. And just... no.

I have heard from several folks who were in the young/couch-surfing/homeless-but-not-sleeping-rough that having reusable cups basically saved them.

A local chapter of Days for Girls purchased a bunch of cups and made them available (not "gave them out" but "made them available for interested parties" along with info on how to use them) to anyone who asked. Their primary goal was actually to have something discreet for the trans men who were struggling at a local youth shelter, but they managed to offer something helpful for about 50 people.

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