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25 May 2012 @ 05:51 pm
I'm 16 and a sophomore in high school. I have a Divacup and love it, so I wanted to share how great of a product this is and to spread the word that there's more than just tampons and pads. I looked in the flyers section here and found these really awesome, youthful flyers that might spark some teenagers interest:

http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2433854.html#cutid1

So a few weeks ago I printed some out and taped about 10 of them on the inside of some of the bathroom stalls ( So when your sitting on the toilet you can read it because it's taped on the door.) Every once and a while I would tape a few up. Then yesterday I put 6 up on different floors. So far I hadn't heard anyone talking about them. Then today I was in class and I heard two of my friends talking.
Girl #1: Did you see those flyers for those things in the bathroom.
Girl #2: Yeah ... menstrual cups?
Girl #1: Yeah, I just threw it away.
Girl #2: Good, that doesn't belong here.

At first it bummed me out. It doesn't belong here? It's sad that people can't talk about menstruation without feeling that there's something inappropriate about it. I just had to remind myself that I was grossed out at first too and I never did any research because I wasn't interested. Then a little later I started researching because I got curious, and that's the point of posting these flyers. I want other menstruating person's to at least know what menstrual cups are and that they DO have options.

I just wanted to share.:)
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Quinn Elisequinnthevixen on May 25th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
I think that's a really fantastic idea! I wish I had heard about menstrual cups earlier (just turned 26, have been using one since I was 25.) Though if I had heard about them in middle or high school, it's hard to know if I would've been interested at the time because, like you mentioned, some women's first reaction is to feel grossed out by menstruation because it is treated, in many societies and cultures, as an unclean and shameful process. Still, if even one or two women are educated on and become interested in menstrual cups, you've done your job!
LesLiekarmagoesdown on May 25th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
Don't be discouraged! Even if only one person has a curious or positive reaction that's more than if you didn't put the flyers up. If it were me, I would rewrite and post some flyers that say something snarky like "menstrual cups, they belong here (and in your vagina)!" or something. Sometimes playing with the fact that people are uncomfortable with the subject can break the ice.
susannahfragilemacabre on May 25th, 2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
A flyer about menstruation doesn't belong in a place where people clean up after their menses? Alright then!</p>

Go you for even trying. I talk about them to lots of people. I got my best friend to try them and she likes it, and a couple of my coworkers have sounded intrigued. Really, you just have to throw things at people until they stick!

Also, consider the maturity level around you. I can't imagine most of the girls I went to high school with having a positive reaction. Remember that it's a very small subset of the world! It's amazing that you have such a strong grasp of who you are and what you care about. Don't let the bastards grind you down!

Crystal: deadlikemegreendrandomtuba on May 25th, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
I first heard about them from a TMI LJ community... Someone joked that she liked to empty her full cup into public toilets and leave the seeming massacre for others to see.

I was like, "OMG WTF that is so gross and people do that! Eeeeeew"
But I was curious, so I followed this community.

Took me several years before I even considered buying one.

I'm sure a couple of people will do much the same thing.
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 25th, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, I don't have a clear memory of hearing about cups back in high school (and if so, it didn't sound nearly as cool as the flyer you used), but I do remember getting interested when I saw a "Lunapads, eco-periods" sticker on the trash can in a bathroom at my college... how ironic was that !

Personnally I've had the most success talking directly to my close friends about it, bringing the subject of menstruation with a grain of salt and "you know what I'm talking about" winks, directly answering all of their questions and objections about it. My best friend actually just ordered her first cup, after much deliberation, a Naturcup, because of the measuring lines ! As a side note, it took her nearly 3 months to stick a finger in there and measure her cervix. Funny how she went from slightly weirded out to genuinely experimental about this.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, you may not convert the whole school on a whim, but at least you've planted the seed, and now it's all up to them. And who knows, maybe the next time they hear about it, it won't sound so strange anymore, and they'll actually do some research. :)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on May 25th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
It took me a couple years to wrap my head around menstrual cups -- my first reaction was disgust, followed by fear (once I actually saw the size of the Diva). After switching to cloth pads, I came in contact with more people who used cups, found out that there were smaller ones, and finally gave them a try. I'm really glad I did! I wouldn't be surprised if many people who were initially squicked out eventually became curious. Go you for trying.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 26th, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, too bad your friends were so closed minded. But the cleaning crew would probably have taken them down and thrown them out that night. Most schools have a "No fliers, no stickers" policy.
htebazile10htebazile10 on May 26th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
Actually, I don't think they look on the inside of the doors, because when you open the door and are looking into the stall you can't see where I taped it.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 28th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
If they didn't look there, there would be layers and layers of fliers back there. ;oP
iislaiisla on May 26th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're doing this!
I thought I was alone in my dislike of disposable tampons and pads all throughout high school AND college and would have been so excited to see that there were other alternatives! I just assumed those were the only options and were something id unfortunately have to deal with my entire life! I haven't started using a cup yet because I'm trying to find the right one to try, but I love the idea that ANYONE is using them! A nice person I met camping was washing her cup in a spigot and I was apparently gawking, not because I was grossed out but because I HAD to know what she was using! Thankfully she was really nice and saw my interest (or jaw hanging down) without me saying a word and asked if I had heard about cups and how great they were while being in the great outdoors! We talked about it for a few minutes and we were on our ways and ever since I felt like I wasn't as crazy as my friends made me out to be! So keep up the good work! You could be saving some unknowing teen years of feeling like an outcast by hanging up one simple flyer :)

Edited at 2012-05-26 03:53 pm (UTC)
Miss F___: Other people are quite dreadful.the_mollisher on May 26th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
That's a pity, but as others have said, it's the sort of product where you expect a certain amount of this sort of reaction and just keep holding out for the positive hits. I use a femininewear sticky notes pad to promote eco menstrual products in public loos and I assume that a good number of those will be pulled down by cleaners or the narrow-minded and immature, but if just one person sees your promo and checks out their other options, then your work is not in vain.
Baby Bloodheartbabybloodheart on May 26th, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
Been there. I once put them in a local rock bar (after 5 years the stickers are still there, along with graffiti next to a sticker from two women singing the praises of cups), a group of women got one and was sitting joking - by joking I mean squealing like silly little girls and throwing the leaflet at each other like it was somehow too gross for them to want to touch it. Fact is some may joke, but at least they're aware of it and somewhere down the line they may think again...and for each one who dismisses the idea you have to hope another does not, after all many of us are here because we heard about cups via word-of-mouth in some way.

Keep it up!

Edited at 2012-05-26 11:18 pm (UTC)
mjspmjsp on May 27th, 2012 09:02 am (UTC)
flyers
Yeah, just keep 'em coming. They get torn down all the time, but occasionally you snap a few people that get interrested, and for me that's worth the effort.

Linking up to the english version of two small ones i usually put up as eyecatchers. Feel free to use them too if you want! :)

(And everyone please, we had the discussion about the Summer-pic last year, this thread is about something else. If you feel the need to discuss, please do it in the old thread.. )

http://menskopp.org/flyers/bikiniflyer%20english.jpg

http://menskopp.org/flyers/menstrual%20cup%20copy.jpg

Keep up the good work!

M @ www.menskopp.org

htebazile10htebazile10 on May 27th, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
Re: flyers
I really like the 2nd one! It's simple and straight forward. Plus, it actually shows a picture of a menstrual cup which I like. I think I'm going to start carrying these around with me. It would be awesome to go to a movie theater or baseball stadium and post them in every stall since there are so many people going in and out.
mjspmjsp on May 27th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
Re: flyers
Cool that you can use it! I was actually considering printing them on stickers, but i'll only be doing it on the norwegian ones i've got (I run a norwegian info-site about cups) since if it is considered vandalism, it'll only be my own website that can be tracked..
So for the english ones i only stick them up in ways that are easy to remove, because of this site's name on it.

I sometimes also leave 10-15 of them in piles next to mirrors, taps etc, especially in airports after check in, where people usually have a while to wait for their plane.. A good tip then is to do it soon after the cleaning personell was there, as they clean quite often. And don't leave too major stacks.

sometimes i also leave or "forget" pamphlets in buses/trainseats etc.

So for anything that takes a while to read, i leave in places where people hang around for a while and they can take the info with them.. Usually for stalls i use the "eyecatchers".

Good luck!

-M
seachelle76seachelle76 on May 28th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
Kudos to you for trying! I'd like to think that for every negative comment you hear, there are more people out there who are thoughtfully considering the option. And who's to say those you overheard wont eventually change their minds? At least they're now exposed to the idea that there are other options out there for them.

I teach in a rather liberal school and would have thought people would be more receptive. I left all of my extensive tampon stash in the staff bathroom in the lounge, along with a little note that said, 'Feel free to take some tampons. I don't need them anymore, because menstrual cups are fantastic!'. Someone wrote TMI under my note, but I don't care. I guarantee the person who wrote that probably didn't even know what a menstrual cup was or had even heard of them before. So that inspired me to print off someone's well-researched pdf on menstrual alternatives to also place in the bathroom, along with an article about the moldy tampon. It disappeared the next day, but it wasn't in the trash can. I look at it like this- more people know about them now.

I was kind of simultaneously intrigued and grossed out after reading about menstrual cups for the first time at the MUM website. It took me an entire year to work up the courage to try it myself.

Edited at 2012-05-28 12:33 am (UTC)
wings_on_water: green ladywings_on_water on June 3rd, 2012 04:50 am (UTC)
I think that reaction is to be expected! I first heard about menstrual cups in passing maybe 5 years ago and thought it was the grossest thing ever. Then about 2 years ago I had an acquaintance who mentioned using them, and when I read her blog there was a link to this community. I came and read a bunch, and decided they weren't so gross but I wasn't brave enough to try it. I'm only just getting up the courage (and comfort with my own body) to try one now! I haven't yet figured out what brand to buy, but I'm planning on getting one ASAP!

So what I'm trying to say is, maybe they think it's gross now, but they'll know it exists, and they may think of it years down the road with a bit less disgust and a lot more interest.
n0m_de_plum: Rufus Sewelln0m_de_plum on June 8th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
Don't be discouraged. Remember in high school a lot of the time it's about following the crowd. No one want to be the dissenter if all the other girls are going "eww, gross!!!" but they might deep down be interested.
If nothing else, maybe a few years in the future they'll see cups again in another flyer, at Whole Foods, w/e and, since it isn't the first time they've seen it, they'll become more curious.
It's all about planting the seed.