Menstrual cups have existed for a century, but they have never gained widespread popularity. Until the internet came along, it was difficult to find these cups, as they aren't available in your typical aisle of feminine products at the grocery store. Now, a search for menstrual cups will lead you to many different manufacturers (including the Keeper, Mooncup, Lunette, Divacup, Fleurcup, etc.).
I bought my Divacup a few years ago and have been preaching the good news about menstrual cups ever since. I really believe it has improved my quality of life. However, when people ask me about how it has made my life better, I struggle to answer. The few friends I have convinced to get one agree that they are awesome, but also struggle to convey precisely how.
Menstrual cups definitely save money - I paid $35 for my Divacup in early 2007, and haven't spend a dime on menstrual products since. And they save a TON of waste! These two points are awesomely depicted in this graphic that I stole from the Divacup website. Although the monetary and environmental aspects are what initially attracted me to menstrual cups, they are not why I rave about them. In many ways I feel freed from my period with the menstrual cup. I only have to empty it twice a day. I never have to remember to bring or buy supplies. I don't worry about it becoming visible in tight pants or a swimsuit.
But even more difficult to explain to people is how it has changed my attitude towards my period. Before, I dreaded my period and was miserable the whole time. Having to think about it less and being able to monitor it more easily (most cups have measurement markings) have made me feel like my period is just another way to mark the passage of time rather than an evil force to be reckoned with.
A few years ago this douchebag publicly compared gay marriage to bestiality and pedophilia. He claimed that the "definition of marriage" has never included "man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be." He doesn't believe that Americans have inalienable rights guaranteed by the constitution, but instead he would like that "these kinds of incredibly important moral issues be decided by the American public, not by nine unelected, unaccountable judges." Yay. I've always wanted the American public's popular opinion to determine my inalienable rights.
The real purpose of this blog entry is to exacerbate Santorum's Google problem, invented and maintained by the always ridiculous Dan Savage.
I have become one of those people that starts a blog and then leaves it untouched for months. It's been three months since I regaled you with my insights on various topics, and for this I am only somewhat sorry. However, I would like to share with my SCORES OF READERS how Pittsburgh has been dealing with the Snopocalypse. Snomageddon. The Snotorious B.I.G.
Here's my parents' house in Mt. Lebanon. It's hard to see how tall the snow is, except where my dad has shoveled the front walkway near the door. The official snowfall was about 21 inches. They say this is about a 15-year storm. It is definitely worse than the last huge one I remember back in 1993.
Here's the corner of Summer Place and Greenhurst Drive. See how big the piles of snow are? They nearly engulf the street signs.
I was surprised and impressed to find that this sidewalk was actually shoveled - most sidewalks are covered with snow pushed out of the street by the plows.
The storm caused a lot of trees and limbs to fall down, and left over 100,000 people without power. Most of it has been restored by now, though.
This half-buried trash bin in the park illustrates the depth of snow, and reminds me of R2D2. It's supposed to snow even more tomorrow and the rest of the week, and this stuff isn't melting any time soon. Stay tuned for more award-winning snow coverage!