This just in from JRS
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"PORTAPOTTIES AND PERIODS
A burning woman writes: "Burning Bleeding Women - what
to do if you have a period on the playa? If you haven't made a plan in
advance, you might just unthinkingly fling used tampons or napkins or
pantiliners into the portapotties. That would be Wrong - putting anything
but human waste or TP into them is a major problem and threatens the
future of the event. I hang my head in shame to say that I myself did this
several years ago...it literally never crossed my mind to do
Now that portapotty etiquette is a major theme, I'm
considering this issue in advance. Option 1: bring a ziplock baggie
into the portapotty with you, and pack your stuff out. A bit yucky, but
better than incurring the horrible karma of throwing used supplies
into the portapotties. Option 2: use a internal menstrual cup
that doesn't generate any waste just dump it out, wash it out with
a bit of water, and reinsert. I just tried the Diva Cup,
, and I'm hooked for both on-playa and off-playa use. In addition to all the testimonials on their site, let me add a
playa-specific one: it's hard to be completely suave running around naked with that telltale tampon string hanging out. In contrast, the internal cup is
totally invisible from the outside!"
yay. I thought it was important to copy this here because often people glance over the JRS, and this blurb is particularly cogent to this thread.
What did she mean "yucky"??? Our bodies made the blood as a function of our fecundity. Menses should be cause celebre, not something to be embarrassed about. But that's just me spewing off philosophical-like.
And BTW, I used the word "fanny" because I felt it was more gentile than using the term "butt-pack" which is what I call these accessories, and I wear one all the time. I had no idea of it's alternative meaning.