March 25, 2010

Break the Cycle.

One thing I've never really understood is why menstruation is such a taboo topic. For both men and women, sometimes myself included, menstruation has always been an uncomfortable issue. It's something that most of us have learned not to bring up or discuss. Something we've learned to feel dirty and embarrassed about. For something that happens to half of the human race, you'd think we'd be a little more comfortable talking about it.

Kotex feels the same. They just released a new campaign and line of feminine care products promoting a new and healthier outlook on periods and vaginal care. U by Kotex encourages girls and women to take control of their health and bodies. They're asking us to educate ourselves, challenge the norm when it comes to the way society regards vaginal talk, and start to take better care of our bodies:

"In a recent survey, 70% of women said they wish society would change the way it talk about vaginal health, but less than half feel like they can do something about it. U by Kotex band wants to help women change the conversation about periods and vaginal care. By bringing it out into the open, we hope that every woman will learn to think differently, talk openly, take charge, help Break the Cycle and begin to feel comfortable with her body and confident about her personal care."

U by Kotex has also decided to launch a new line of advertisement spoofs on typical femcare commercials. This campaign first grabbed my attention when I heard about their original television ad being banned. You can't say "vagina" in a television and the phrase "down there" is out too. Can you believe that? We see commercials for erectile dysfunction all the time but any direct reference to female anatomy isn't permitted. Merrie Harris, global business director at Kotex says, "We're saying, enough with the euphemisms, and get over it. Tampon is not a dirty word, and neither is vagina."

"At U by Kotex, we think it's high time we all stopped being so damn shy about our vaginas. You don't need to do a Paris or Britney, but being able to talk about without going red is a good start. After all, we've all got one. In fact, we've only got one, so make sure you take good care of it with U by Kotex, where you can find information about having a healthy vagina, puberty, menstruation, and femcare products.

The campaign site offers both a Q&A and education section where you can get helpful information from health experts. You can also send in your own ad spoof or just score some free samples! You can join the campaign by signing the declaration. For every person who joins the movement, U by Kotex will make a $1 donation to Girls For A Change, a non profit organization that empowers girls to create and lead social change.

March 24, 2010

A bit of a catch-up...

These are some of the things that I wanted to write about, but didn't get the chance to while on my unfortunate blog-hiatus. I figured it's better now then never though, right? Right.

  • March 7th was the 82nd annual Academy Awards, and for the first time in the history of  The Academy Awards, a woman won the Oscar for Best Director. That is pretty exciting, and a huge step forward for woman directors, since filmmaking is a field that is still unfortunately dominated by men. The win went to Kathryn Bigelow, for her film The Hurt Locker. Only four women, including Kathryn Bigelow, have ever been nominated for that category. I have yet to see The Hurt Locker, but hope to soon; it looks great!

  • On March 11th Lady Gaga released her music video for her song 'Telephone' featuring Beyonce. Personally, I'm in love with this video and have watched it a few times already! Weather or not it's better then her video for her song 'Bad Romance' is up for discussion, but it's still an amazing video none-the-less. It's artistic, interesting, and of course pushes the boundaries while being filled with tons of hidden messages, like most of Gaga's music videos. Featuring a bad-ass studded leather jacket, "I told you she didn't have a dick", and the infamous "Pussy Wagon" from Kill Bill, this is a music video must-see. So if you haven't already seen it, please get out from the rock you've been living under and do so now. 10 minutes well spent. :-)

  • On a sadly more serious note: If passed, New Jersey Governor Christie's budget for next year would eliminate all funds for women's health services. Please take action against this now!

March 18, 2010

What I'm listening to- The Coathangers

I apologize for the long hiatus, my personal life has been crazy these days, so I had to put this blog and the internet in general on the back-burner for a little while there. I hope we can get it back up to speed now though, and that some of you are still interested in reading it. 

It's true, Riot Grrrl's not dead, it's just unfortunately not as popular or well-known anymore. But that's why I want to start doing something new here, a weekly 'What I'm listening to'. Where once a week or so I will feature a new female band or artist in the punk/metal/alternative rock field that's making awesome music and staying true to the Riot Grrrl beliefs. Because let's face it, women still don't play that big of a role in the punk and metal music genres, and it's very rare to come across all-girl bands. 

Today I'm introducing you all to 'The Coathangers'. I found out about this band a few months ago and instantly fell in love with them. Their music is super catchy and witty, and they sound like a newer version of one of the leading 90's Riot Grrrl bands; Bratmobile. The Coathangers are an all-girl alternative rock/punk band from Atlanta, Georgia. The band features 4 totally bad-ass ladies: Julia, Stephanie, Candice, and Meredith. The band is still pretty new, having only formed in the summer of 2006, but they already have 2 full length albums out (ScrambleThe Coathangers S/T), and a handful of 7" records.

The band as a whole has a very DIY feel to it. The ladies were all friends who just decided that one summer to start a band, and then went out in search of the cheapest instruments they could find in an Atlanta pawn shop. None of the them have one set instrument they play in the band either, you will often find them switching instruments throughout a performance. 

The bands name is quite obviously in relation to their pro-choice opinions, and they were quoted saying that they came up with the name on their way to an anti-Bush rally in Washington, DC. Pretty sweet. When asked if there are feminist themes in their music, the ladies replied with...

"There's feminist themes in our lives, so it's going to translate into our music. It's pro-woman, definitely, but it's not anti-man or anti-heterosexuality. It's not anti-anything. It's just about women doing what they want to do. We try to be as true to ourselves as we possibly can, and that in itself is a feminist statement."

With intelligent women, fun music, and song titles such as 'Pussywillow' and 'Nestle in my boobies' what's not to love? The Coathangers are on tour now, you can find their tour schedule and more info about them here: