I'm a second year English Lit & Creative Writing student at the University of East Anglia, and occasionally write for the Arts section of our student newspaper, Concrete. I tried a Mooncup for the first time last week, and thought it was amazing. So, I figured I should use what is available to me and try and spread the word... So I can write well, and I have already written for the newspaper... I thought I'd do an article about menstrual cups!
I wrote about 800 words and sent it to the Lifestyle editor as a sample. I was fairly dubious about how happy they would be printing fairly graphic stuff in the paper. This is some of what she wrote back:
I love the article - I think we should have it as a full page lifestyle article - this would mean it wouldn't go in until next issue if that's Ok? But this will also give you more time to write the article. It is wicked, had me chuckling and I think it will go down well and it is the kind of thing I wanted to do with the Lifestyle section, breakdown taboos etc.
So there we go. Opportunity to shout from the rooftops... of our uni campus, anyway.
The editor particularly wants some kind of quote from a doctor about menstrual cups - does anyone have a gynaecologist who advocates their use, who I could write to? I've got a couple of weeks to get this material together. Also, does anybody know of any informative site on the web (other than menstrual cup manufacturers which unfortunately are going to have a bias) that tells you about the various problems with tampons, eg not just TSS but fibre deposits, and dioxin from bleaching? Also, does anyone know of a good site to go to for statistics - eg how many tampons / sanitary towels are thrown away per day by women in the UK? I can't find ANYTHING other than what is on the menstrual cup sites. Any statistics you can think of really, as I neeeeeed stats to back up my article.
Come on girls, please help me out - this is a real opportunity of the kind I'm less likely to get once I've graduated, where feature journalism becomes more about pleasing people than knocking the wind out of them...