A Period Piece

So, what does it REALLY feel like?

I love the momentum I see gaining in the movement to normalize periods. Of course they shouldn’t be taboo or mysterious – they’re a shared experience we all have as women! The one point that I, personally, would like to make is that, while they’re a regular occurrence for every gal, they are still a pretty big deal. I mean, not just in the sense that they’re an element of a working reproductive system which allows a female to actually grow a human being inside her body…but also in the sense that they can be heavy, and painful, and long!

After nearly two decades of experiencing completely terrible periods, I’m still finding myself trying to explain to the men in my life what cramps feel like, why I have moments of cold sweats, why spots just appeared in my vision, and why I spend entire nights trying various yoga poses to try to stretch through the pain.

Did you know that an average woman has 450 (!!!) periods in her lifetime?

That’s a lot of periods. That’s a LOT of pain.
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Knowing how many more cycles I’ve got ahead of me, and wanting to stay informed, I jumped at the opportunity to do a post about a new line of menstrual products, Asana. (And CanCon bonus: Asana products were engineered by a female chemical and environmental engineer out of University of British Columbia!

As a gal with an atypically heavy flow, I often need a little extra protection guarantee. Especially on the first few nights of my cycle, having a good pad or liner helps me sleep soundly without worrying about inevitable leakage ruining my pyjamas or sheets.

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Asana Biowave Advantage™ is antibacterial (designated by Health Canada Class 1) and helps assuage my leaky fears and also gains some great bonus points:

  • while being one of the thinnest on the market, Asana still offers the most absorbency, fastest rate of absorbency and best assurance of leak protection
  • Asana’s products use the technology of tourmaline and silver, which act to reduce menstrual discomfort, dispel odour, increase air circulation, balance the body’s pH and enhance metabolism

These factors go a long way with me when it comes to taking the edge off the period misery.

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I also love hearing about how others deal with their cycles and how they share their experiences with others. Click here to read my post on the Our Bodies Our Blood show that took place in Halifax.

So while I’m dragging my partner to period-inspired art shows and working away at explaining to my guy pals what it REALLY feels like, at least I can take comfort in the fact that there are so many women who’ve got my back on this one. Shared experiences FTW.

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Fabulous Female Comedians

I love to laugh! Ha Ha Ha Ha (bonus points if you get the reference) and it’s been a while since I’ve thrown out some great Bechdel-passing recommendations. So, I thought it was time for a round up of some of the funniest women making me laugh these days.

Sketch

Baroness von Sketch Show

This show is hands down my favourite comedy right now. It is SO FRIGGIN FUNNY. Not to mention, it’s a female cast! Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen crack me up time after time with their highly-relatable sketches that poke fun at the regular life happenings of a modern gal. Check out the Red Wine Ladies and don’t even try to tell me that you haven’t had a night like that with your girlfriends.

Watch full episodes on CBC.

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Not Safe Podcast 

I first discovered Nikki Glaser on the podcast You Had to be There, which she co-hosted with the equally hilarious Sara Schaefer. While I’ve not seen the actual TV show Not Safe (I’m sadly without cable), I knew if this podcast had the same vibe as her previous YHTBT or even We Know Nothing (another she co-hosted), then this would be one to add to my list. Lucky for me, Nikki is as funny, sassy, and just a wee bit sardonic as ever on the Not Safe podcast. It’s also great to hear a funny show led by a woman with some accompanying banter by her hilarious side kicks Dan St. Germain (and sometimes Brian Frange). I should probably mention that it’s a sex podcast so it’s probably not for more conservative folks. That being said, most of the chatter is everything from dating to food to the comedy business and more.

Listen to all the episodes here. (Bonus: since it’s still pretty new, you can get caught up easily!)
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Stand Up

Ali Wong – Baby Cobra

Ali Wong is a fierce and funny woman who delivers her special, Baby Cobra, while pregnant and rockin’ the high heels. And yeah, she even lets us know how we really blew it for women with the whole “feminism” game. We could have been at home eating snacks, guys!

Lucky for us, it’s available on Netflix Canada.

 

Twitter

I love Twitter (follow me there!) so I’m going to give my top 3 for this category.

Aparna Nancherla

Cameron Esposito

Sara Schaefer

 

Maybe now we can finally put to rest the very obvious, much contested, completely inaccurate pile of bullcrap that women aren’t funny. As many of us have known all along, they are, in fact, the funniest.

Krista

Violence Against Women this Week

This week, violence against women was at the forefront of every news article in my social media feeds. Not that it’s ever really gone….but instead of intermittent cat videos, my pages were just article upon article about misogyny, violence, discrimination.

I feel compelled to share with you a few of the posts that got my back up. I think it’s important for us to think critically about these situations. Maybe the more of us who notice the frequency and prominence with which these stories exist, the more of us will want to take action, spread awareness, and make a change.

I didn’t go looking for these articles. I didn’t Google “violence” or “patriarchy” or even anything about the American election. These stories are just a glimpse of what’s happening all around us. And it’s not okay.

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As a bonus, just another jackass tried mansplaining how to bother women because that’s the kind of advice men really need.

You might notice that these aren’t Canadian news stories per se. This isn’t to say that Canada isn’t without it’s issues as well. We are just as in trouble when it comes to stopping violence against women. Not to mention, ALL of these particular articles are incredibly relevant to Canadian women, just as they are to the women geographically located near the events themselves.

I will say, though, just to end on a somewhat positive note, I’m grateful that our current leader recognizes that it’s not an even playing field for women yet. Not by a long shot.

Prime Minister Trudeau says poverty is sexist.

So, kudos, Prime Minister Trudeau. Thanks for acknowledging one of the issues. Let’s hope this leads to change.

UPDATE: Just as I was about to publish this post, another glowing example appeared on my Twitter feed right from my very own town: Halifax Guy Spits on Woman because Road Rage

It’s dark days, folks.

Krista