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Talk and talk and talk

What can we do to help rid our own communities of the shame surrounding menstruation? That’s the question that Megan Lierley, managing editor of the blog Blood and Milk, asks Anna Dahlqvist, author of It’s Only Blood. “Talk and talk and talk,” Dahlqvist answers. “For me, it took the longest time to even say the […]

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A sign they’re ready to marry

Anna Dahlqvist, author of It’s Only Blood, talked to girls in Kenya, and they explained that the first period is seen as a sign that they’re ready to marry. Then, the girls asked Dahlqvist how they could hide their period so that they could delay marriage. “What happens when menstrual shame clashes with poverty?” Dahlqvist […]

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Cockroaches and other insects

In Bangladesh, women take a fistful of joot—the small leftover pieces of fabric that end up on the floor of textile factories—and push it down their panties,” reports Anna Dahlqvist in her book It’s Only Blood. The joot is like a hothouse for bacteria, fungi and mold. Moreover, there are cockroaches and other insects crawling […]

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Notice the flowers

Sometimes—often?—what’s happening in the world is depressing. We all need to practice noticing the positive, says Rick Hanson in his book Hardwiring Happiness. When you achieve something or find yourself in a beautiful place, rest your mind on that experience. Dwell on it. As Henri Matisse once said, “There are always flowers for those who […]

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Where does it hurt?

“later that night i held an atlas in my lap ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered where does it hurt? it answered everywhere everywhere everywhere” –Warsan Shire We found this poem in an email message from Charter for Compassion.

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Happy spring!

Wishing you a spring filled with hope. “The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day she created spring.”—Bernard Williams (edited)

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Recognize your rights

“Women, wake up; the tocsin of reason sounds throughout the universe; recognize your rights,” wrote Olympe de Gouges in her Declaration of the Rights of Woman and Citizen, which was published in 1791 in France. Two years after she wrote her declaration, de Gouges was arrested, condemned to death for her views and sent to […]

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Anticipation

“’Well,’ said Winnie the Pooh, ‘what I like best,’ and then he had to stop and think. Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”

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The love of Christ

William Sloan Coffin once said: “It is not Scripture that creates hostility to homosexuality, but rather hostility to homosexuals that prompts some Christians to recite a few sentences from Paul and retain passages from an otherwise discarded Old Testament law code. In abolishing slavery and in ordaining women, we’ve gone beyond biblical literalism. “It’s time […]

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A female liver?

“There is no female mind,” declared Charlotte Perkins Gilbert, who was born in 1860 and died in 1935. “The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver.” I found this quote in Sarah Herman’s book Feminism in 100 Quotes. –Joy

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