Monday, October 13, 2008

Tampons, Part Deux

So, okay, we are gonna have a meeting on Sunday, November 9, 11 AM at Hoi Polloi on the Northside. Hoi Polloi co-owner Jessica graciously offered us space and complimentary coffee. The meeting is for folks who might like to chat about the issue of women in our community needing access to feminine hygeine products. Deserving access. When I think of all the tampons I have shoved into unused purses, pockets, totebags and so forth, it is really disheartening.

So, if you would like to join us to talk about this particular social issue and potential remedies, that would be great. It could be anything from helping to do a tampon drive at your workplace to organizing a more large-scale awareness campaign. Folks from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank and Community Human Services Corp will be there to help us contextualize the issues with regard to women and girls living in poverty and/or experiencing homelessness.

The working title of the project is "Flow" which is clearly a play on words (both the flowing of menstrual blood and the visit from Aunt Flo) and a word that evokes the sense of a life force flowing from one woman to another, essentially our connection and responsibility for one another. Believe it or not, I was inspired by a gay man -- think the Margaret Cho skit on that one.

Flow is just my suggestion. It is definitely open to discussion.

It would be great if you could RSVP if you can attend. And bring a box of tampons or a bag of pads if you'd like. I'm sure they will be put to good use by our friends from the agencies. Spread the word.

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