Isotopia wrote:Call me clueless but I never figured out why women with 'moon sickness' had to self-segregate with other women.
I know that the anthropological literature is full of references where this is a cultural norm but for the most part it suggests to me that the concept was introduced in said cultures that tend to be patriarchal or male dominated.
Doesn't this idea sort of peprpetuate the shame factor?
Don't know if it perpetuate's the shame factor or not, but I think the camp is a great idea myself.
Women who live together or work together will cycle together. So camping with folks who you don't normally live with does have the potential to throw some women off of their normal cycle and may cause some of them to bleed when it might not otherwise be their time of month. Having a camp geared towards women who are bleeding might be a very nice place to go when this occurs. I would think you could find a few ladies there willing to gift someone a tampon or a few supplies if you were caught unprepared, to hold you over until you could get to Gerlach and buy a week's worth. I haven't seen this camp myself, but I can imagine some possibilities for it. A private portapotty with a bit more elbow room than the traditional potties, towels, a heating pad, feminine products, good tea to drink, some painkillers for the cramps, etc etc etc....
Never mind the shame or embarrassment, there are just some comforts you might like to have when it's that red time.
Last year I went on birth control pills specifically so that I would not bleed while I was on the playa. But I hate playing tricks on my body, and making it think it's pregnant when it isn't just doesn't seem fair. So this year I just decided to let the calendar and cycles fall where they may. Fortunately, it appears that I will NOT get mine while I am there, but will get it as soon as I get home. But as I say, cycles can get thrown off so I may be surprised myself.
unfortunately I don't have a shade structure for the camp.