Today, we’re starting a multi-part feature here on Dinner Party to talk about a quintessentially female experience: your period. First up, we have an essay by Marci Weber, which was originally written in 2014 for a live performance and subsequently adapted for publication on this site.
I’m a huge fan of tampons. The commercials are a stretch (do any women actually frolick around in white dresses while on their periods?), but in my opinion, their influence on women’s rights is extremely underrated; I simply wouldn’t play sports or exercise at all without them. However, when the exercise of interest is hiking in the backcountry, tampons have their limitations. Any woman who has gone backpacking on her period could tell you it’s no fun to tote a Ziploc bag of blood-soaked cotton through bear country.