Tag: history


Who is she: Maria Sibylla Merian

Grab your cloth pads and hold on to the edge of your seat, menstruators around the world: it’s time for a new GladRags Carry Bag Print! As some of you may know, we name our Carry Bags after our favorite inspirational menstruators throughout history, so please give a warm welcome to the gorgeous Maria, named…Read more

Reading Between the (Panty) Lines

If you take me to a thrift store, within 30 seconds I will have located their vintage magazines and be happily browsing. One of the best things about decades-old publications is that they are chock full of advertisements. Whether cheesy, funny, or cringe-worthy, it’s common to look at those old ads and think, “wow, is…Read more

Period Pieces: All Aboard the Good Ship Kotex

Welcome to Period Pieces, our journey through the bizarre and beautiful cultural history of menstruation. Inspired by #throwbackthursday, we serve up our favorite ads, images, and factoids about periods throughout the ages. This week’s Period Piece comes to us via the Society for Menstrual Research, one of our favorite sources for women’s health information. On…Read more

Period Pieces: A Slap in the Face

Welcome to Period Pieces, our journey through the bizarre and beautiful cultural history of menstruation. Inspired by #throwbackthursday, we serve up our favorite ads, images, and factoids about periods throughout the ages. Imagine you’re twelve years old, and you’ve just discovered a stain in your underwear. It’s your first period. You don’t totally understand what’s…Read more

Period Pieces: Getting to Know Your Flowers

Welcome to Period Pieces, our journey through the bizarre and beautiful cultural history of menstruation. Inspired by #throwbackthursday, we serve up our favorite ads, images, and factoids about periods throughout the ages. Menstruation throughout history has always fascinated me, in part because it’s kind of a mystery to us now. Since most history was recorded…Read more

Period Pieces: Ushering in the Era of Disposables

Welcome to Period Pieces, our journey through the bizarre and beautiful cultural history of menstruation. Inspired by #throwbackthursday, we serve up our favorite ads, images, and factoids about periods throughout the ages.   There is so much fascinating stuff going on in this ad, I barely know where to start. This is one of the first…Read more

Period Pieces: Modern Woman’s Best Friend

Welcome to Period Pieces, our journey through the bizarre and beautiful cultural history of menstruation. Inspired by #throwbackthursday, we serve up our favorite ads, images, and factoids about periods throughout the ages. Ever wonder what the first tampon brand was? While women have been stuffing absorbent materials (including wool, moss, and softened papyrus) into their…Read more