Friday, December 9th 2016

PERIOD Episode 10: Periods in the Wild

Excerpt: Kate Blazar, CEO and founder of Animosa and the Go With Your Flow Pack, tells us about her new product and Kickstarter.

Summary: I’m back! So thrilled to share this interview with you. Thanks to my colleague Dr. Jenny Davis, I was able to hook up with the women of Animosa and interview their founder, Kate Blazar. Kate, an outdoorsy woman, has had her share of period woes on-the-go. The Go With Your Flow Pack is a great solution for those traveling, using less than optimal bathrooms, those with little privacy, and those menstruating while out in the wilderness. This is also a great way to dispose of menstrual trash for trans men finding themselves in bathrooms that don’t recognize that men can menstruate, too.

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  1. Bernd said:

    What’s the better indicator of a girl’s physical readiness to have sex: the presence of boobs and pubes, or menarche?

    Many primitive foraging societies have some kind of rule or ideal that a girl shouldn’t have sex until her first period, though these rules are probably no more “natural” than the age of consent in modern societies (which are often broken and I imagine the same happens in primitive societies). If menarche was the natural age of consent then surely we’d expect girls to have evolved to physically advertise that they’ve started menstruating. Instead we see no such thing. One month before, one month after her first period a girl looks and behaves just the same. You can’t tell just by looking if a girl has started menstruating. And menarche doesn’t really mark the beginning of fertility, anyway.

    So isn’t it more likely that the dramatic appearance of breasts and pubic hair is actually the signal of readiness to have sex, regardless of the age of menarche or onset of fertility?

    Maybe you could talk about this in a future episode.

  2. Dr. Kate Clancy said:

    The indicator is consent. And legally people under 18 can’t consent to sex with people over 18.

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