Friday, April 4, 2014

Menstrual Man- YOU ROCK!!

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2014!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

I have always personally felt that one of the big reasons woman are living in poverty or have less wealth is because of their periods. Why you may ask...because it costs about $10 a month or $100 or more a year to deal with our periods and there are host of other related issues that people do not discuss or even consider.


A documentary film on an unlikely hero whose machines are empowering rural women across India.
You can watch the whole movie for $3.99, just click at the top of the screen n this video. (Unfortunately it doesn't stream on Android and Window's a Vimeo thing )

This AMAZING MAN Arunachalam Muruganantham has done something incredible. He invented a machine...his story is incredible, sad and happy and he watching him you realize what and incredibly wise soul his is. I just loved hearing this Tedtalks. Check out more about him at the links provided and SHARE!! SHARE THIS EVERYWHERE!! Let's get EVERYONE talking about this because periods are apart of EVERYONES life whether you are a man or a woman, you are affected in one way or another and do not even realize the complexity of the situation.

Read this article here, it's lovely.

Here are two excerpts

"After spending years developing a simple machine to make inexpensive sanitary pads, Arunachalam Muruganantham has become the unlikely leader of a menstrual health revolution in rural India. Over sixteen years, Muruganantham's machine has spread to 1,300 villages in 23 states and since most of his clients are NGOs and women's self-help groups who produce and sell the pads directly in a "by the women, for the women, and to the women" model, the average machine also provides employment for ten women. "

"Finding volunteers was nearly impossible: women were embarrassed, or afraid of myths about sanitary pads that say that women who use them will go blind or never marry. Muruganantham came up with an ingenious solution: “I became the man who wore a sanitary pad,” he says. He made an artificial uterus, filled it with goat’s blood, and wore it throughout the day. But his determination had severe consequences: his village concluded he was a pervert with a sexual disease, his mother left his household in shame and his wife left him. As he remarks in the documentary "Menstrual Man" about his experience, "So you see God's sense of humour. I'd started the research for my wife and after 18 months she left me!"

Also see these great links!! Thanks for sharing Mighty Girl

To read more about Muruganantham's story, the BBC featured a recent profile on him at or watch his TED talk at You can also view his company's website at

To learn more about the 2013 documentary Menstrual Man about Muruganantham, visit

For resources to help girls prepare for and understand their periods - including several first period kits - visit our post on: “That Time of the Month: Teaching Your Mighty Girl about Her Menstrual Cycle” at

To help your tween understand the changes she's experiencing both physically and emotionally during puberty, check out the books recommended in our post on “Talking with Tweens and Teens About Their Bodies” at

And, if you're looking for ways to encourage your children to become the next engineering and technology innovators, visit A Mighty Girl's STEM toy section at

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A documentary film on an unlikely hero whose machines are empowering rural women across India. 

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