November 07, 2005

Vintage menstrual education video

In about 1999 I read about a 1960s menstrual educational video for girls with mental disabilities. This was in an interview with the creator of a zine called Mystery Date, in a V. Vale zines compilation. I have mysteriously complete memories of all media I encountered in that era, so I can confirm that my friend just emailed me a link to that same educational movie, showing online. (The final identifier: the little girl’s name is Jill.)

I present, a long, retro, repetitive educational movie about periods, designed in the 1960s for girls with mental disabilites.

Like the zinester I was reading about 6 years ago, I’m mainly struck by the straightforward and explicit instructions given in the movie. At one point, Jill’s older sister demonstrates how to change a pad and they show her used pad with realistic blood, to explain when it is time for a new one.

I can’t recall ever seeing a used pad in any kind of movie. Even in the midst of my ongoing vagina-burnout I found that interesting.

I also liked the way Jill’s family dealt with potentially embarrassing questions like, “Do you have periods?” I think that putting yourself in context is a good way to feel less embarrassed (that’s mostly why I make this site), so I cheered a little bit for the repeated answer "Yes, all women have periods" (even though that is a simplified statement).

<< Original Pussy Beer | Top | Outside call for artists >>

Approved ads:

Babeland sex toys
Sex toys, tips, discovery, education, satisfaction and passion for all

Your ad here

powered by movable type! made by sarah at the aloha house. updates available by email.

my Creative Commons License says: i make these pages like a tree makes leaves and you can make things out of them (with attribution, for non-commercial uses).