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22 December 2011 @ 01:17 pm
A Heartwarming Tale of Menstruation  
An Indian Inventor Disrupts The Period Industry

When Arunachalam Muruganantham decided he was going to do something about the fact that women in India can’t afford sanitary napkins, he went the extra mile: He wore his own for a week to figure out the best design.

This guy is amazing. Knowing something about the culture I'm kind of amazed he kept pushing past the gender issues to figure this out. I have been so poor I couldn't afford such products and had to make do, but at least I had some decent rags available. I can't imagine bark, ashes, etc., as a last resort. I love that this will offer employment opportunities to impoverished rural women, too.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on December 23rd, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
wow! that's awesome. :)

i read somewhere recently that our "modern way" of having periods once a month isn't natural. wtf? the explanation was that before contraceptives were invented and widely employed, women routinely had twelve, fifteen, or more children and didn't have a chance to menstruate. ???? but if it's "not natural", then why does it come along once a month?
Tapatitapati on December 23rd, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)

The cycle is natural but yes, women didn't end up having as many periods since they didn't have contraception. Plus they tended to start later (no hormones pumped into their milk and meat causing early menarche) and died younger. Being nearly constantly pregnant or nursing, they weren't having periods during those times. The result is less periods per lifetime.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on December 23rd, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
yeah that's what i was thinking