Janeen has generously offered to gift one of our readers with one of her beautiful 2014 lunar calendars. Comment below about why you’d like to be the lucky recipient for your chance for it to be so!
This contest is now closed.
My name is Janeen and I am a 32 year old queer Sagittarian living in the Bay Area, CA. I grew up in in Ohio and when I began menstruating, there was no question that the choices (if you can call them that) available to me were commercially produced pads &/or tampons. It wasn’t until age 29 that I discovered not only how toxic these disposables are, but that there are actually wonderful alternatives. It also wasn’t until this time that I began to really pay attention to my body and her cycles.
On my cross-country road trip moving to California from Philadelphia, I stayed several days at a women’s retreat center in New Mexico and read Inga Muscio’s Cunt. That was the beginning of my love affair with sea sponges (a spa for your pussy, as I affectionately call them) and cloth pads (pussy pillows). I switched from disposables to sponges and within a year I saved nearly $100, spared the earth 300 tampons & applicators, and began unraveling my menstrual shame to find beauty and power within my body. I immediately shared my new wisdom with women in my life, resulting in the assembling of sponge kits for friends- the beginnings of Holy Sponge!
I have been lucky enough to collaborate with my friend, Alma Reyes Evans, in the making of the 2013 and 2014 Holy Sponge! Lunar Calendars. Alma and I have known each other for over 10 years and have both had to do a lot of undoing of patriarchy in our lives. Working together to get these calendars into the world connects us to the moon and to our matriarchal ancestors. I imagine women who bled with the new moon and danced with the full moon, and my hope is that more and more women reclaim the power in their intuition, their blood, their cycles, and their deep body wisdom.
Janeen has generously offered to give one of these beautiful calendars away to our readers. Comment below about why you’d like to win it for your chance for it to be so! Contest closes Nov 30th, 2013.