Scholars suggest that marriage rites are an extension of menarchal rites, which may explain why many bridal dresses were historically red. The bride would also walk on a red carpet to the wedding ceremony, wearing a red veil.*

Why do you think white has replaced red as the dominant color for most wedding dresses?

*Source: Grahn, Judy. 1993. Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World. Boston MA: Beacon Press.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Stage Show Announced for July 2016

Following the stage show for Persona 4 Arena which was held in December 2014, a new stage show for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax has been announced to take place from July 6 to July 10, 2016.

The official website for the project has been launched.

Oku Hidetaro, who worked on the Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 4 Arena stage shows will return as the show’s director. Mio Inoue will be responsible for the screenplay.

Additionally, the voice actor for Tohru Adachi, Mitsuaki Madono, will assume the role of Adachi himself in the Persona 4 Arena Ultimax stage show.

Information on the other performers and ticket information will be released in the future.

Performance Details

  • Production: P4U2 STAGE PROJECT
  • Period: July 6, 2016 to July 10, 2016
  • Venue: Tokyo Theater G-Rosso
  • Director: Oku Hidetaro
  • Screenplay: Mio Inoue
  • Music: Shoji Meguro, Atsushi Kitajoh

When you add up all of the pads, tampons, over the counter pain meds, heating pads, and birth control pills the average woman has paid for over a lifetime of trying to manage her menstrual cycle, it comes out to about $18,171.* 

  What alternative methods do you use to manage your period?

*Source: Florio, Gina M. “7 Things Every Woman Should Know About Her Period.” November 26, 2015.

Pads are too pricey for some girls around the world. DIY methods like rags, leaves, newspaper, bits of mattress and even mud are some managing methods used. Uncomfortable for sure, but also put many girls at risk for infection.*

What can we do to help?

*Source: Goldberg, Eleanor. “All The Inconceivable Ways Women Deal With Their Periods Worldwide..And
How To Help.” July 20, 2015.

The term “ritual” is derived from the Sanskrit word R’tu, which means “menstrual.” This etymology suggests that ritual in a general sense and menstrual acts have a common origin.*

Do you have any personal customs when it comes to your flow?

*Source: Grahn, Judy. 1993. Blood, Bread, and Roses: How MenstruaJon Created the World. Boston, MA: Beacon Press

As a protest against Donald Trump’s offensive insult directed at commentator Megyn Kelly during a debate, artist Sarah Levy, made a portrait of the presidential hopeful using her own menstrual blood.*

What are your thoughts on sexism and our menstrual cycle?

*Source: Yan, Holly. “Donald Trump's 'blood' comment about Megyn Kelly draws outrage.” August 8, 20154.

A prehistoric woman only menstruated 50 times over the span of her life. Conversely, the average women in a modern industrialized society menstruates 450 times. Even today, women in agrarian regions menstruate just about 150 times in a lifetime.*

Why do you think we’re bleeding more than our ancestors?

*Source: Livoti, Dr. Carol, and Elizabeth Topp. 2004. Vaginas: An Owner’s Manual. New York, NY: Thunder’s Mouth Press.

Kiran Gandhi got her period on marathon day. To raise awareness about women who have no access to feminine products, and to encourage women not be embarrassed about their periods, she let it flow for the 26.2 mile race!*

Could you? Would you?

*Source: Jung, Helen. “26-Year-Old Woman Free Bleeds Proudly Through Her Marathon.” August 6, 2015.

During the menstrual cycle, an egg is released and travels down the Fallopian tubes (named after Gabreillo Fallopio (1523-1562), who first described them) to the uterus. If a sperm does not fertilize the egg, the egg and lining from the uterus is expelled. This happens every month.*

How much do you know about the science of your period?

*Source: Grahn, Judy. 1993. Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World.

Psychoanalysts, such as Freud, have suggested that menstruation is a “bloody sign of a woman’s loss of penis” and a reminder of a woman’s “uncleanliness and inferiority.”*

Do you still think these ideas are relevant in 2016?

*Source: Delaney, Janice and M.J. The Curse: A Cultural History of Menstruation. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.

When a girl is born, her complete potential egg supply is born with her. In the womb, she creates about seven million egg cells. At birth, she has two million. By puberty, there are only about 400,00 left, of which fewer than 500 are actually released.*

When did you become aware of your fertility or lack thereof?

*Source: Daniels, Patricia, et al. 2007. Body: The Complete Human. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society.

In the United States we’re still paying a “luxury good” tax on tampons. In California alone, tampon taxes cost taxpayers $20 million annually. Lawmakers recently introduced a bill that would reclassify menstrual management products as medical necessities.*

Do you know about the term “pink tax?”

*Source: Herwees, Tasbeeh. “Obama Blames Men for Dumb Tampon Tax Laws.” January 20, 2016