Q: When did you start to become obsessed with periods?
A: A few years ago, I read this article from Vice about what it’s like to be homeless and on your period. A few days later, I was very drunk and watching the final of a debating competition, when someone brought up being homeless and on your period. I suddenly remembered the article, and got passionately angry at the world. From then on, I began to read more and more articles about periods and period-related stuff. When a friend suggested I write my dissertation on periods, I didn’t think it was a feasible idea. I’m now the proud author of a dissertation about periods in France, and the proud owner of a giant blue folder full of articles about periods.
Q: Where did you get the name for your blog?
A: My blog’s namesake is a song from the 2008 Martha Wainwright album, I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too.
Q: Why periods?
A: There are a few reasons I’m particularly interested in attitudes towards menstruation, and not other bodily functions. Firstly, as is/will be explained throughout the course of this blog, periods are generally considered more icky than other bodily functions; they’re also considered debilitating, dangerous and magical in a way that poop, for example, is not. So, I feel there’s more of a need for education there. Secondly, not everyone experiences menstruation, which allows for stereotypes and discriminatory attitudes to form. Again, there’s more of a need for education. Everyone poops, so nobody’s afraid of people who poop. I’ve heard grown men scream after having an unused tampon thrown at them. Thirdly, periods was just the thing I started reading about first – I went down the rabbit hole, and haven’t come back out.
Q: I think people think periods are icky because people think bodily functions are icky, and you’re just a feminist who’s trying to be oppressed.
A: As I’ve said, it is/will be explained throughout this blog how people think differently about periods than they do other bodily functions. Having studied it a lot, I’ve come to the conclusion that a lot of this is because of sexism. In fact, I wrote a 10,000 word dissertation about that very idea, and I probably know more about it than you do. If you would like to challenge that thesis, do! Send me your criticisms, and I will do my best to respond accordingly. I am a feminist, and the intersection between feminist literature and period literature is part of why I’m drawn to the issue, but there is ample evidence that shows how the menstrual taboo has been constructed to limit women’s participation in the public sphere.