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30th-May-2006 02:18 am
I am the Layton Legacy, Fight Oppression
So, fairestcat and I have had this community sitting around for awhile eating its head off, occasionally thinking we ought to do something with it.

And we read littera_abactor's wonderous menstrual rant, and we were INSPIRED. A community for menstrual rants.

No, better. A RECS community for menstrual rants. (After all, it was littera_abactor, otherwise thefourthvine, reccer extraordinaire, who inspired us. And there are so MANY wonderful menstrual rants already. Out there, somewhere, having had their few moments of fame, and now lost to the outer darkness. But if we were to COLLECT them...)

So here we are. Welcome, have a seat, and possibly a hot pad and a stiff drink and some chocolate, please read the community rules carefully, but do come in and join us.

And here is littera_abactor's most EXCELLENT rant Me and My Tampons

Excerpt:

"To put in the tampon, find a comfortable position either sitting (with your knees apart) or standing with one foot elevated."

I'm not going to criticize the non-parallel construction there. No, I'm really not, though good Christ how I want to. Instead, I'm going to point out that a woman who needs to be told to sit with her knees apart in order to stick something into her vagina - located, as any qualified health professional will tell you, between her legs - is not ready to be using this product.
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31st-May-2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
I read an excerpt from that rant when it was metaquoted a while back, but had never encountered it in its full glory. It's a good one.

Delighted to see this community in existence, I was thinking a while ago that something needed to be done to gather together some of the excellent snark about periods that roams the internet, and this is a clever solution. The user info is hilarious: anything that combines 1066 And All That with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and then applies it to periods has to be good in my book.

Would you object if I pimped this comm here and there, say in menstrual_lib, vaginapagina, menstrual_cups and perhaps vagina_art?

Also, might I make a couple of suggestions? I've been co-moderating a menstrual community for a year or so, and as well as your very sensible list of outside links, I'd also recommend including a list of related LJ communities. The comms I mentioned above have some suitable lists on their user info pages which should cover what you need. It seems to help with redirecting off-topic posts; it's incredible where people will start posting once they think they're pregnant. Trust me, you'll need it. menstrual_lib seems to be particularly cursed in this respect. The mod always asks people politely to remove the post as it is off-topic, and if it's still there a while later she deletes it. They'd be flooded with "help i've got cramps" posts otherwise, and you'd think that the purpose of the community would be obvious enough.

The other thing is - and please don't take this as a flame, but between my natural pedantry and having done six years of Latin I can't let you leave an error in such a beautifully-crafted set of community rules - it's "non sequiturs", not "non sequiteurs".
31st-May-2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
Would you object if I pimped this comm here and there, say in [info]menstrual_lib, [info]vaginapagina, [info]menstrual_cups and perhaps [info]vagina_art?

I would in fact be ecstatic.

Also, might I make a couple of suggestions? I've been co-moderating a menstrual community for a year or so, and as well as your very sensible list of outside links, I'd also recommend including a list of related LJ communities. The comms I mentioned above have some suitable lists on their user info pages which should cover what you need. It seems to help with redirecting off-topic posts; it's incredible where people will start posting once they think they're pregnant.

I actually considered putting that in there:

"Q: I think I'm pregnant

Umm, congratulations?"

I'll add the links when I get a chance; thanks!

The other thing is - and please don't take this as a flame, but between my natural pedantry and having done six years of Latin I can't let you leave an error in such a beautifully-crafted set of community rules - it's "non sequiturs", not "non sequiteurs".

Oh, THANK you.

It's always something, you know?

*fixes*
31st-May-2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
Also, so far from being a flame, that is a SHINING example of how one gently and gracefully points out an error. Thank you for that!
31st-May-2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
P.S. What on earth is a Estwing Hamster Hammer when it's at home?

Aha, my favourite icon. Footnote 16 was a thing of joy.
31st-May-2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
In my really not at all humble opinion, Estwing makes the best damn hammer you can buy

And YAY FOOTNOTE LOVE. I'm fond of it myself, and as I didn't do the feetnote, can brag on it freely :)

31st-May-2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
angevin2 showed me the fuss which caused that icon, it was quite ludicrous, wasn't it. You and she really need to get drunk together and do more fic/feetnote efforts.
31st-May-2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
Anything you'd like me to say while pimping?

While you're adding links, here's another one for the non-LJ list:

The Family Planning Association (UK)

I could probably dig you out some more UK links if you're bothered. I'm now looking through the International Planned Parenthood site out of curiosity, having heard so many people grumbling about them (mostly about doctors refusing to give women IUDs for crap reasons).

Totally off-topic, but are you aware for my admiration for the fic you and angevin2 wrote about RII?
1st-Jun-2006 01:08 am (UTC) - Two queries
Primus: Can one rec rants not quotable in full, because (say) they are protected by copyright, i.e. "Even the Queen"--? Because I would be willing to type up Ms. Willis' intro to that, above a link to book(s) in which it is available.

Secundus: Shall you be entering the rants into memory (appropriately indexedtagged), so as to make a searchable archive?
1st-Jun-2006 02:53 am (UTC) - Re: Two queries
Primus: I think I shall have to ask for notice on that. IOW, let The Cat and me ponder and we shall let you know.

Secundus: Yes, though probably via tags, because the memories function is so flaky as to give me hives. But I'm open to persuasion on that point.
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