As we near the end of 2011, I thought it might be fun to recap some of our most popular / most read / most discussed posts this year. If you haven’t already read the posts listed below, please do! And by all means, if you think your friends might be interested, please use the handy dandy buttons below to share via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, Email and more.
What would you like to see us blog about in 2012? We’re compiling a list to keep us inspired and posting regularly, and welcome your suggestions! Post a comment below telling us what you’d like to read about or see here and we’ll do our best to deliver. Thanks so much, and all the best to you and yours in 2012!
Now, on to our our most popular blog posts of 2011 (and 2010, too)!
o.b. Drops the Ball posted by Morgan
Some of you may have noticed all the hullabaloo about the shortage of o.b. tampons in drugstores across North America. There has been a distinct lack of explanation from Johnson & Johnson, the makers of o.b. tampons. As usual, whenever a company fails to tell their story themselves, folks are left to do their own research to figure out what’s going on. A number of wild theories are being thrown around about the reason for the tampon shortage, including possible manufacturing contamination or FDA complaints regarding the safety of the products.
8 Reasons to Ditch o.b. for the DivaCup posted by Lisa & Morgan
You’ll never be at the whim of mysterious corporate “manufacturing delays” and empty shelves again. The DivaCup is available at many retail locations and all over the internet. Once you buy it you won’t have to depend on anyone but yourself to have adequate menstrual protection.
Our Biggest Pads4Girls Shipment posted by Ashley
As Jessica Lawson, Associate Director of Mariposa DR points out, “You can build schools. You can bring thousands of books and tons of supplies. But it’s not going to change anything unless someone is making sure the girls show up.”
The Race to Medicate Women’s Pleasure posted by Suzanne
More so than menstruation, sex is a very personal subject matter. But in the same way we could benefit by talking more openly about menstruation and removing the shame and stigma around it (and suggesting healthier and more positive ways to deal with our period), we need to engage in conversations about positive and healthy sex.
Dealing with Yeast Infections Naturally posted by Katolen
Suzanne and I happened to meet Katolen Yardley MNIMH, a Medical Herbalist, a few weeks ago at a dinner party. She caught our attention immediately with her vibrant personality and passion for women’s health.
C*nt Coloring Book by Tee Corinne posted by Lisa
I see it’s value as a fun, creative way to honor the diversity of bodies (vulvas and labia, in this case) that may not meet divisive and unattainable cultural ideals. I think seeing (and participating in) celebratory images like the ones found in this book can feel especially powerful for those whose bodies have been historically degraded, unrepresented or seen as not good enough.
New Comparison Videos on YouTube posted by Madeleine
We get curious fence-sitters e-mailing and calling in all the time asking us how Lunapads compare to the disposable brands that they’re used to. Although we are more than happy to answer any of your questions, we thought, really, there must be a better way to communicate the effectiveness of our products to you!
Avigayil: Stranded on a Tropical Island With a Diva Cup posted by Avigayil
Rural India from Cloth Pads to Financial Independence posted by Nancee
I’ll Show you Mine posted by Lisa
Created primarily in response to Wrenna Robertson’s concerns about the growing popularity of labiaplasty, the book seeks to destabilize what’s “normal” with 120 photographs that genuinely and objectively showcase a diversity of vulvas.
How Does Your Partner Feel About Lunapads? posted by Karen
We had someone post on our Facebook Wall asking to hear from Lunapads users about how our partners feel about Lunapads. I felt compelled to reply because my hubby is for sure a LunaGuy!
Simple Washing Tips for Cloth Pads posted by Suzanne
One of the most common questions we get at Lunapads is “How do I wash and care for my cloth menstrual pads”? Indeed, this unanswered question is often the thing that holds many women back to making the switch to cloth.
Eco and Body Positive Sex Toys posted by Lisa
Sex toys are often comprised of a mystery-mix of chemicals and other ingredients not disclosed by their manufacturers. In addition, because sex toys are classified as novelty items, they’re not regulated by the FDA or held to the same stringent health and safety checks that medical devices are. So, how do you choose a toy that is good for your health, and the health of the planet?
My Genderqueer Period posted by Queernetic
My period isn’t a big connection to womanhood or femininity or female-ness for me. When mine started, I understood that male-bodied people didn’t get one, and that made me feel solidarity with other women (although realizing that some of them had a much easier time of it cut into that feeling a little).
Since we didn’t recap last year, here are a few standouts from 2010, too:
Blood, Safety and the TSA
Going with the Flow, pre & post baby
All in a Huff about Green Periods
Why Bother Greening Your Period?
The Many Faces of U by Kotex
A Celebrity Lunagal
Menstrual Activism: What’s the Point?
Much Ado about “Muffing”
Revolution Grrrl Style Now: Girls Rock Camp
Cloth Pads for Women in Zimbabwe