THE HAIR OF THE DOG THAT BIT ME

Considering hygiene pads were first mentioned as early as Hypatia of Alexandria in 4th Century Greece, the concept of menstrual hygiene has been long overdue for a remodel; enter period panties. Sarah Palatnik introduced an especially unique and cute period panties line called ‘Bloody Marys’ for her Etsy shop, CuteFruitUndies. The crotch of each Bloody Mary is constructed from leak-proof, moisture-wicking, absorbent, anti-bacterial and washable fabric, eliminating any health hazards while also contributing to making the environment greener.

What makes the Bloody Marys special are their so-called Blood Dumpsters – a list of politicians who have actively tried to pass legislation that hinders women’s reproductive rights, including Donald Trump, Todd Akin, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and many more. You can choose your (least) favourite to be featured in the middle of your handmade period panties, bleed on them and make them the face of women’s reproduction rights, at least within the remit of your nether regions.

Each purchase includes a zine with information on the politicians, as well as attachable handmade heat packs for the front and back of your undies. As if this business model wasn’t good enough already, on top of that, they will donate $3 of every sold pair of panties to planned parenthood in the state affected by your chosen Blood Dumpster, and $3 of every purple Bloody Mary will go to Camions of Care an organisation that distributes menstrual hygiene products to homeless shelters throughout the US.

Soothe your cramps, save the environment, make a political statement and, most importantly, feel cute on the days when you feel more like the Donald.