eco-minded moontime, part 2: cloth pads

so this month, i chucked my disposable menstrual products in favor of re-usable cloth pads.  (please read my previous eco-minded moontime post for more general info and a broader look at what i’m working on.)  of all the alternatives that i’m trying, this one is the most often maligned.  a quick trip to farcical info boards like yahoo! answers yields a wealth of disdain and disgust at the idea of washing and re-using menstrual pads, but as i indicated in my last moontime post, these feelings are indicative of our cultural problems with menstrual blood.  most of us don’t flinch at the idea changing a diaper, yet this act involves handling feces, something capable of making you quite sick if it manages to weasel its way into your system.  menstrual blood is just that—it’s blood.  and more than that, its your own blood.  it may be messy, but its the outward sign of our ability to reproduce as a species. Read the rest of this entry »