Tampon Run: The New Menstruation Game using Tampons, not Guns

Every once in a while I see a product and think “Now why didn’t I think of that?”.  And that is exactly what I thought when I read about Tampon Run – the new video game that uses tampons instead of guns.

Written by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser, two young ladies attending a Girls Who Code program, the game has players collect tampons before the villains do.  When attacked, players shoot tampons at the villains and who ever has tampons left over wins.

Said Gonzales, “The idea of making it funny and quirky kind of makes menstruation a lot more approachable and more comfortable”.  An idea that Dot Girl wholeheartedly supports.

Tampon Run

 

Below Your Belt Launches at Women’s Health Foundation

The Women’s Health Foundation has launched their Below Your Belt initiative aimed at educating adolescent girls about all things ‘down there’.  The initiative includes a community blog and soon to be released Below Your Belt book.  The book will feature The Dot Girl First Period Kit as a suggested resource for educating girls about menstruation.

Below Your Belt

Fertilize Your Garden with Period Blood?

Sometimes I run across something in the news that I am not sure is cool or gross – like the current movement of mothers eating their newborn babies placentas.  I think this article about fertilizing your garden with menstrual blood also falls into both categories.  It’s great to be eco-friendly but I am going to leave it up to Dot Girl readers as to whether or not this is going a bit too far!

Use menstrual blood to fertilize garden.

 

Dot Girl Partners with Professional Leaders of Women and Girls Network

Dot Girl announces a new partnership with Professional Leaders of Women and Girls (PLWG) – a network of dedicated leaders working together to hone their skills and abilities for working with girls.

Founded by Kim Thomas, of Afro Puffs and Ponytails, the network is an online resource for business leaders to plan and execute programs that empower African American/black girls.  Business Partners support the network through promotion of activities for girls and leaders and social media outreach.

Dot Girl will be publishing articles on the PLWG website that educate girls about menstruation and offer suggestions on how leaders can integrate ‘period talk’ into programs.PLWG

 

Dot Girl Partners with Women’s Health Foundation

Dot Girl is excited to announce our new partnership with Women’s Health Foundation (WHF).  WHF is a nonprofit organization committed to improving women’s pelvic health and wellness.  A portion of the proceeds from all Dot Girl purchases will go to WHF’s research and development of evidence-based programming in schools and communities.

Jenifer Donatelli Ihm, WHF Outreach Educator and Program Developer, stated “I can’t think of a better way to help girls feel comfortable and prepared – even special – for that big day, their first period.  The Dot Girl First Period Kit is cool, cute, and educational.  I can’t wait to include it in my presentations to elementary and middle school girls.”. Dot Girl is honored to be part of WHF’s outreach in the community and to have their endorsement.

Potty Pledge by Women's Health FoundationDot Girl Products and Women’s Health Foundation are devoted to the pelvic health and wellness of all girls and women.  In support of that effort, Dot Girl will be including the WHF Potty Pledge postcard in our shipping boxes. The Potty Pledge is aimed at adolescent girls and lists proper bathroom habits. Tips listed on the book of the postcard include information on the proper way to wipe, how to position yourself on the toilet, tricks on completely emptying your bladder, the importance of drinking water, and how often to empty your bladder.

WHF will also soon be releasing a book for adolescent girls, Below Your Belt: How to Be Queen of Your Own Pelvic Region, building on the information they currently distribute through classes for adult women.  Dot Girl will be reviewing the book on this blog once it becomes generally available.

We urge you and your daughter to explore the Women’s Health Foundation website to find information, classes, and support for pelvic health and wellness.

 

Dot Girl Indiegogo Campaign – Update #5

I am thrilled to announce that the Dot Girl crowd funding campaign has been given a second life thanks to the TV program The Crowd Funder Show.  Thanks to sponsorships, you will be able to donate to this campaign and receive your donation back in the form of gift cards to popular stores like Starbucks, Sears, and Home Depot.  Find out more at the Dot Girl campaign site:

Donations from the Indiegogo campaign have been flying out the door.  So far Dot Girl kits have been donated to Sun Valley Indian School, The Lincoln Community School, First Place School, and Girl Scout Troops 1573 and 1574 located in New Jersey.

Here is what Gail Gilman, nurse at Sun Valley Indian School, had to say about the Dot Girl kit donation:

“There were 9 girls who participated in our hygiene classes.  The girls were presented with their new kits on the last day.  They were very excited to have received them.  Our students are limited in their access to something like this.  We are in a very impoverished area.  These kits provide something tangible the girls can hold on to.  It encourages them and excites them to look forward to a new beginning in their lives.  They can mark this important milestone in their lives with answers and less confusion.  They have these kits and know that people care.  That they are not alone.  They can use the heat pack and carrying case again and again as they need to.  We had a great time with them.  Thank you so much for helping these young girls in this way”.

Thank you again for all of your support during the Indiegogo campaign.  Please spread the word about the new Dot Girl campaign at The Crowd Funder Show so that we may continue to donate kits to girls who need them.

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Your Daughter

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Your Daughter

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Your DaughterOn April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2014.  This is the 44th celebration of Earth Day – a day to appreciate the earth and stand up for protection of natural resources.  It is the greatest legacy we can leave our children.  I’ve listed some ideas here for celebrating Earth Day with your daughter.  Feel free to leave your comments about how you plan on celebrating.

1. Spend some time researching alternatives to disposable feminine hygiene pads.  According to the website Envirocitizen “in a lifetime, the average American women will dispose of about fifteen thousand sanitary pads and/or tampons, translating into about three hundred pounds of waste.” Multiply that three hundred pounds of waste by millions of women menstruating in the United States and you can see how changing to reusable pads or other alternatives would have a huge impact on the waste stream.  Explore sites like Luna pads.com and DivaCup.com with your daughter.  Even if she prefers disposable products now, it will give her something to think about as she grows older.

2. Walk, bike or use public transportation on Earth Day for visiting friends or running errands.  In today’s busy world, doing this everyday may not be practical.  However, choosing one day a week to leave the car parked is an easy way to help the earth and get some exercise.  In our community, ‘walk pools’  instead of ‘carpools’ have become quite popular.  Encourage your daughter to create a group that walks or bikes to school.

3. Donate a tree to a local park in your community.  Many towns and cities have programs in place to encourage donations to support local parks.  The Arbor Day Foundation also offers a program to donate a tree to national forests in honor of celebrations or special people in your life.  What a great way for your daughter to honor someone close to her.

4. Organize a neighborhood clean up.  Doesn’t have to be formal.  Gather a few friends and neighbors around and pick up trash on the streets near your homes.  Recycle what you can and toss the rest into a trash can.

5. Take action on an Earth Day concern.  The Take Action page on the Earth Day website lists active campaigns.