Lunapads for All Genders, All Bodies

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Hi everybody, Lisa here. Our most recent guest post (My Genderqueer Period) has inspired me to tell you a bit more about the note on gender that I added to our website recently. For those who haven’t seen it yet, it reads:

Lunapads users and community members are cisgender, transgender and genderqueer individuals who span the gender spectrum. Our staff is working to providing an inclusive and welcoming space for all those seeking eco friendly solutions to their everyday and monthly needs.

Because most conversations about periods focus on cisgender girls and women — that is, people whose gender identity (girl, woman) matches the sex (female) they were assigned at birth — it may be easy to forget that some transgender men, genderqueers, and other nonbinary-identified folks have periods too. Talking about menstruation as though it’s an experience or function exclusive to women perpetuates a gender essentialist view that harms and further isolates those dealing with gender dysphoria. We can do better than that.

Another important truth to acknowledge about periods is that some women don’t have them. This may be due to menopause, stress, disease, or a hysterectomy. Some women may have never started menstruating due to a medical condition, or they may be transgender or intersex. None of these make a woman any less a woman than one who menstruates. Be mindful of those who are made invisible or invalid by statements that elevate periods as the ultimate source of womanhood or femininity. Consider the implications of these statements, and how your words may inadvertently hurt women.

Inclusion is about so much more than just what we say — but I care about what we say and how we say it because I believe that exclusion in language equals, and exposes, exclusion in practice.

If you’re a trans, genderqueer, nonbinary, or gender non-conforming person who has comments or feedback, please get in touch with me at lisa@lunapads.com ā€“ Iā€™d love to hear from you. In fact, that invitation extends to anyone who feels they have a unique perspective to share about menstruation, what choosing reusable menstrual alternatives has meant for them, or what barriers they face in making the switch and/or getting on board with what we do here at Lunapads.

In related news, I read about a really encouraging development in the OB-GYN world this week that I want to share. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has issued a statement addressing the significant barriers to health care that trans people routinely face, encouraging physicians to take steps towards ensuring that they are better equipped to provide accessible health care to their patients. Please check out the press release here: Ob-Gyns: Prepare to Treat Transgender Patients.

Related Links:
Why Inclusion Matters
Trans 101 Sylvia Rivera Law Project
On Purportedly Gendered Body Parts by Dean Spade
Beyond the Pap: Preventative Care for All
Julia Serano on “Cis”
Moving Towards an Inclusive Menstruation Dialogue s.e. smith
OB-GYNs Instructed to Provide Better Care for Transgender Patients Slate
Ob-Gyns: Prepare to Treat Transgender Patients Health Canal

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  • http://www.facebook.com/emily.striker.58 Emily Striker

    Thank you for this! As a transgender person it means a lot to me to be thought of in real world things like this.

    • lunaplaids

      Seriously so happy to read this. Thanks so much, Emily.

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  • http://andythenerd.tumblr.com Andy The Nerd

    I am genderqueer. I am okay with certain parts of my body, but not others. I am okay with having a clitoris; I was glad that I was able to give birth. However, a vagina is something that feels like simply should not exist on my body. I hate having physical sensations in a body part that, to my mind, I don’t have. Having my period involves trying to minimize tactile sensations as much as possible. That’s why I prefer pads, especially ones that don’t feel wet or uncomfortable after a little use.

    • lunaplaids

      Thanks so much for sharing that, Andy. Nice to meet ya!

  • Tara

    I’m a cisgender female and I sometimes I forget how much privilege that affords me. I really want to thank you for this. It is a subject that has never even crossed my mind and today I’m a little less ignorant because of you. Thank you.

    • lunaplaids

      That’s awesome, Tara. Thanks for posting!

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  • Amanda

    Very well said, Lisa. As a Gender Studies major, I’m surprised at how infrequently this topic comes up. Thank you for the inclusion, and the fresh perspective!

    • lunaplaids

      Thanks for commenting, Amanda!

  • Eli

    I want to thank you for this. Seeing commercials and personal hygiene boxes that flaunt periods as being about being a woman, I’m a bit sickened. I’m glad to find a company that is so inclusive.

    • lunaplaids

      Glad you found us, Eli. Thanks!

  • A

    Hi there. I’m gender fluid and just wanted to say how much I appreciate this part of the site being here. Thanks.

    • lunaplaids

      Feels really awesome to read this today. Thanks, A.

  • Kimberly

    This is amazing!! I’m so amazed and happy that you understand and fully support ALL genders of people and help provide safe and wonderful products for a person’s individual needs!! I’m a woman so for many years I thought of menstruation as a purely feminine experience, but, of course, that isn’t always true! Gender isn’t just black and white at all. Just like race, gender comes in many different gorgeous forms and I’m just over the moon happy that every menstruating person ( not just women ) are able to find comfortable, beautiful, discrete, safe, reliable and body friendly menstrual products! Thank you so much!!!! :)

    • lunaplaids

      Thanks so much for your support, Kimberly!

  • Kim ere

    The reason why it start being a celebration of womanhood is because for eons we have been taught to be ashamed of our bodies. Now we live in a world that we dont need that reinforcement. Progress.

  • MsHK

    as a genderqueer person, i really, really appreciate this. thank you so much :D

    • lunaplaids

      that’s so awesome. thanks for commenting!

  • Kat

    Wow, Lunapads. Diminishing the importance of menstruation in the lives of natal women in favor of appeasing trans people is insane. Female women have been marginalized for this biological trait for thousands of years, now we have to be *sensitive* to the needs of others when speaking about it? So much for sisterhood. I will no longer purchase your products or recommending them to friends.

    You also forgot that some female athletes will have suppressed menstruation.

    • km

      It’s alright, I’m sure they don’t want transphobic and transmisogynist bigots like you to be their customer. Good riddance

    • Anna Wilson

      If I might ask, how does this post diminish the importance of menstruation in the lives of cisgender women? 100% of the models I’ve seen for Lunapads or any other cloth pad company have been female-presenting, and it’s still a largely “women-only” conversation. It’s true that conversations like this can really only take place in safe spaces outside of patriarchal influence (like this blog, for example!), but trans-identity inclusion does not count cis-women out of the discussion. It is simply just one more variable to consider when speaking about the spectrum of genders and bodies.

  • Cathy Brennan

    Being born female isn’t a privilege. Women aren’t privileged over males, even males who say they are women.