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periodpositivesquareThis blog is lots of fun but is mostly on hiatus right now to give Chella time to work on research and policy advocacy for #periodpositive. To keep up with our news and events, please follow this link to periodpositive.com. This here blog will be updated when the new issue of Adventures in Menstruating is out!

Cheers,

Chella

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You guys, what a year!

You guys! I can’t even. This year has been a real adventure in menstruating, let me tell you! I have been terrible about blogging about it all, but expect some updates very soon, as soon as I catch up with myself. They’re calling this year the year of the period!  If that’s the case, please help me make 2016 the year of #periodpositive education. Go to www.periodpositive.com for more details, and follow @chellaquint and @periodpositive on Twitter. All the best, thanks to everyone who helped make 2015 so awesome, and see you in the new year!

Let's make 2016 the year of #periodpositivemenstruation education. join @chellaquint's #periodpositive campaign!www.periodpositive.com

Audience responses and the STAINS™ #flashblob!

You guys – only two shows left!

And the #flashblob! www.stainstm.com is gaining hella momentum. (Also, Chella momentum.) We are going to demolish leakage fear once and for all you guys!

Things to say to acknowledge stains and reject the narrative of ‘leakage horror’:

Leaks happen. Just like other bodily functions happen.

I meant to do that. 

Leak chic. 

Red is the new black. 

It’s clot couture.

My cup (pad/tampon/sea sponge) runneth over! But you do not need to run over in a panic and tell me about it cos it’s totes fine and I’m just gonna you know… change my clothes when I get a chance.

Don’t you wish your bloodstain was hot like me?

I keep bleeding. I keep bleeding, love. – Leona Lewis (hat tip to Kate Fox for pointing this out in poetry form) 

Had a great review which really endorsed the comedy AND the #periodpositive campaign!

“This shouldn’t just be at the Fringe, it should be on the curriculum.” –  **** Three Weeks

And check out my  audience responses! 

uni leeds alumnae

“Chella manages to both inform and entertain at the same time.”

“She’s incredibly warm and make the audience feel utterly relaxed.”

“I really appreciated this show. It’s important that people don’t feel ashamed of periods. Keep it up!”

“I had so much fun – Thank you!”

“Chella is super funny and makes periods less of a taboo. Talking about it in a less serious light makes me feel more comfortable.”

“Brilliant show!”

“Awesome show!”

“Great show! I learned a lot today and Chella made the learning fun and exciting.”

“Delightful! Very upbeat, relaxed and informative!”

“Brill show! Funny and educational! Kids will love it too.”

“Really interesting.”

“Funny! Informative! Feminist! Inclusive! Engaging!”

“I wish you had done this show when I was a teenager 50 years ago!”

Adventures in Menstruating!

You guys, I’m back. And boy am I back. I went from research hiatus to 10th anniversary zine and comedy show special, taking my first full run to the Fringe.  If you’re in or near Edinburgh, come along – it’s free – but if not you can still join in. 

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I can’t believe I’ve been writing and editing Adventures in Menstruating for 10 years. The celebrations have already started, the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research threw me a zine birthday party and Leeds Zine Fest shared all my films and did a Skype chat with me just last week.

Stay tuned in the Autumn for details about the anthology I want to put together about all the zines so far and join in with some #periodpositive activism at home while I’m in Edinburgh.

Periods have really been in the news lately. Have you seen it? 

It started with a new zine on the block by friend-of-a-friend Soofiya. Bloody hell – another UK-based intersectional and trans-inclusive period zine! The Indigogo campaign for it has ended, but you can still find out details here

The other week, London marathon runner Kirin Ghandi revealed that she decided to do the race free bleeding to avoid chaffing and aim for a personal best. She is a menstrual superhero. (And is totally up for supporting STAINS™!)

And just a few days ago, the US and then international media finally realised that it’s not okay to make fun of someone by saying they menstruate. Whatever Donald Trump meant, it’s nice to know that the shame is on him and not on menstruators, even if for some people periods can be a pain in the “whatever”.  It amazes me about no one’s made more fuss about this getting him ejected for the Red State Convention.

Keep track of more frequent updates here and up to the minute info on twitter @chellaquint and @periodpositive.  I think the best way to resolve all this stuff is to take all the #periodpositive stuff global as a benchmark for excellent provision of menstruation education and management – a way to show that we’re serious about the sustainability of menstruation education and management locally and globally. How about a #periodpositive network, set up to award a benchmark to best practice, like the Fair Trade logo?  I hope you will join me  to help make this possible, and have a laugh along the way. 

Cause once we sort out period taboos and reproductive health, we can go back to talking about how cool dinosaurs and outer space are, right?

Twenty-twenty-twenty-four hours to go.

So my 24 Hour Zine Thing got a little out of hand. I may need to finish it during NaNoWriMo. It’s not a novel, though it’s approaching book length rather than zine length. It’s the kids’ version of my zine!

Last year’s 24 Hour Zine got a bit out of hand, too – it was more like a 48 hour zine, It’s Not You, I Just Need Space. (Interplanetary Letters of Love and Rejection.), which is also a Tumblr, and what I was performing from at the Fringe. I do love a quick deadline though- it’s my extreme sport of choice. Although I was disappointed about not completing the 24 Hour Zine challenge in time, I did contribute to a Pussy Riot poetry anthology that the awesome editors put together in a day, for reals, and I just did a zine with a 2-day turnaround for Do It Thissen this week, and it was loads of fun. I got to interview Martin X Russian, Sheffield’s most well known zine writer who covered the post punk scene here in 25 issues of the very old school and quite sarcastic NMX. He also prints my zine, and it’s a total honour. For the zine we did together, I interviewed Martin at his print shop, designed and typed it, and he set it and printed 100 copies for the exhibition. They’re free and there are a few left. It’s about how he went from zine writing to starting his own print business. We get into the relevance of zines, and whether print is a luxury or a necessity. More about that later. For now, after going on so much about 24 Hour zines in the past, I thought I ought to do a status report. Look out for My First Adventures in Menstruating soon.

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Chella Quint – Adventures in Menstruating: Don’t Use Shame to Sell

My TEDxSheffield video is up. Please share if you’d like to continue the conversation.

-Chella x

Femcare doesn’t care, Part 2.

So, what’s the endgame, Femfresh? Are the ads still going to rely on coy euphemism to sell an unnecessary product? Or is there going to be some kind of response to the Facebook, Twitter and blog comments?

Frankly, I’m with Kermit in The Muppets Take Manhattan:

Here’s another Zonite ad from 1950. Seriously – it’s a real ad. You can check out more at the excellent Ad*Access online archive at Duke University.

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