because people are still asking that question
because women are payed less than men in approximately 99% of professions
because chris brown can still have a career after assaulting rihanna but miley cyrus takes her clothes off and there’s a huge scandal
because of this:
because currently it is estimated ten million more girls are out of education than boys (x)
because we’re expected to be mature but hairless like a child, in control but not bossy, sexy but not slutty and definitely not a prude, intelligent but not opinionated, independent but reliant on men, natural but look like the girl in the magazine etc etc
because being called a girl, a pussy or a bitch is an insult
because when i told my mum i refused to get anything less than a’s in my exams she told me it wasn’t ladylike to be so cocky
because my brother and 90% of my male friends think girls who wear revealing clothing are asking for rape
because every person who identifies as female should be allowed to choose if they want to get married, have kids, have a career, go to uni etc etc without expectations
because tampons and sanitary pads are stupidly expensive
because some people reading this will have flinched at the fact i just said ‘tampon’
because there are men out there whose job it is to make young girls feel like absolute shit about themselves just so they can sell the next best beauty product
because female masturbation isn’t considered normal whilst men can talk about their own penises for hours on end
because feminists are still seen as crazy lesbians who dont shave and some still feel like they have to defend themselves by claiming theyre not any of those things when in fact if i want to be a passionate lady who likes other ladies and cant be bothered to shave my legs every twenty minutes then thats my choice and if i want to be someone who wears make up and shaves and goes out partying then thats my choice and if i want to be a combination of the two or anything in between then thats. my. choice.
because i believe anyone who identifies as female is fucking badass and deserves the same rights as every privileged stuck up old white man sitting around and making laws about our bodies
because how can you not be
For herbal alternatives to painkillers for period cramps putting sage leaves or sage, rose or lavender essential oils in the bathwater can help, as can massaging the oils (diluted appropriately with a carrier oil) onto the cramping area. So can drinking sage, ginger or raspberry leaf tea.
Diet wise flax seeds eaten regularly can reduce production of the hormone responsible for the painful cramps. Also taking B vitamins and the following mineral supplements or eating foods high in these minerals regularly can reduce cramps: zinc, calcium, potassium and magnesium, however you absolutely must check with a doctor before increasing your intake of potassium and magnesium as for people with certain conditions they can be very dangerous. Try to eat foods that will keep your blood sugar stable like whole grains and avoid refined sugar as much as you can because steady blood sugar will also reduce cramps. Ginger helps as its a natural anti-inflammatory and there’s a good chance turmeric will too for the same reason though it hasn’t been tested for its effects on period cramps.
Mood swings can be helped by evening primrose oil (which also helps with skin problems) but that’s something you should check with your doctor or a qualified herbalist (if you go to a health food shop like Holland and Barrett’s they’ll give you this advice for free). They can also be reduced by lavender, chamomile or other calming and comforting scents and drinking chamomile tea.