Oh great, look at this. Always feminine products has a line of ecards you can send to a friend on the occasion of her period. Not just a girl's first period, but any of them. Like anyone should know. These would be great if they were at least funny, but they aren't. They are supposed to be for encouragement. What they really seem to be, besides advertising for Always, is permission (even encouragement) for a woman to a) slack off work or other activities, 2) eat chocolate, and c) be a bitch.
At my age and never having been pregnant, I've probably had more periods than 99.99% of those who read this. If I had bought into the things some girls are taught, about 20% of those years would have been spent feeling sorry for myself, and that's a serious waste of time. Sure, some women have PMS or trouble during their period, but many more just give up trying to be normal because they have an excuse. An elderly relative inquires about my daughters' status and always adds that she dreads their puberty and feels so sorry for them for all that they will have to go through. Bullshit. I don't even want my kids to hear that. If a monthly visit from Aunt Flo is going to be a real problem for any of my girls, they will find that out soon enough. There's no reason to go into quasi-adulthood with dread or fear (at least about things that aren't life-threatening), or use it as a handy excuse to drop out of life for a chunk of every month. Life is too damn short as it is.
(via Everlasting Blort)