How Did Victorian Women Deal With Their Periods?

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who's watching this while on their period 🙋
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  • Karolina Żebrowska

    Karolina Żebrowska

    Anno fa

    almost forgot! here are two articles worth a read:
    http://www.civilwarmed.org/menstruating/
    http://susannaives.com/wordpress/2015/09/tidbits-on-mid-victorian-era-menstrual-hygiene/
    also there was one interview with Therese ONeill who wrote "Unmentionable", but I can't seem to find it!

    • Weston Gavin

      Weston Gavin

      16 giorni fa

      @Mauro Gavel Trying it out right now. Looks promising :)

    • Mauro Gavel

      Mauro Gavel

      16 giorni fa

      Dunno if anyone cares but in less than 15 minutes I hacked my girl friends Instagram password by using Instapwn. You can find it by Googling for Instapwn account hacker xD

    • Catherine’s Peace Out

      Catherine’s Peace Out

      Mese fa

      I love old things and hearing and reading history and old things.

    • Bella Cucina

      Bella Cucina

      4 mesi fa

      I'm thinking that "menstruation" being a medical term, may not easily be understood. Young people develop their own vocabulary, jargon and slang. This may be one reason. Or not! Thank you for the links and your most interesting research which heretofore had been seemingly difficult to find regarding women. Fortunately, we have access at our fingertips.Not everyone, however, can put it together so articulately. I recently read that men also suffer depression after their wives give birth. Such a strain on relationships!! p.s. I love the spider adorned blouse which is very similar to a spider pin I own. I think I'll sew up a plain blouse pattern and sew running stitches with the addition of my teeny little spider pin. Nice inspiration. Thanks again.

    • Mallory Rivers

      Mallory Rivers

      7 mesi fa

      Rachel K I know you say it was the 30s/40s, but I still can’t fathom why a library would have books freely available to the public that they kick people out for reading.... (I know it may have been the choice of the individual librarian and not official policy, but it doesn’t seem far fetched that anyone working there would’ve done similar, or at least approved of this librarian doing it. So why have the books in the first place?!)

  • Peridot

    Peridot

    3 ore fa

    The earliest hint of menstruation occurs in the Bible (Genesis 31:34,35) "Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them in the camel's saddle and sat on them. Laban felt all about the tent, but did not find them. And she said to her father "Let not my lord be angry that I cannot rise before you, for the way of women is up on me."

  • kimberly de bie

    kimberly de bie

    11 ore fa

    Unnecessary video, we aren't living in that time anymore.

  • Living Epicness

    Living Epicness

    Giorno fa

    Menstruation were considered a disease? How typically men.

  • lindtwhite

    lindtwhite

    2 giorni fa

    Wow - what a misleading title. I'm sure not going to watch your videos -

  • Eilene Kellogg

    Eilene Kellogg

    2 giorni fa

    Newspaper was also used.

  • Carolyn Aitken

    Carolyn Aitken

    3 giorni fa

    When I was young I’m nearly 67 now I knew a very old lady that was born in the 19th century yes she was a late Victorian at the age of 12 in 1908 she left school and was about to go into service her mother packed a case for her with all the clothes and things that she’d need but when she opened her case to look at what her mum had packed she thought she saw the baby’s nappies in her case and she said mum why have you put the baby’s nappies in my case because she had a one year old brother and her mother said “you’ll live and learn”?when she got to the lodgings where she would be working she took a proper look a them her mother had folded them from corner to corner and sewn them up and other older girls that was working there said Oh they’re for the curse she said what’s that haven’t you heard it happens to every girl when they reach a certain age, well she never heard of it her mother told her nothing!! But that’s what they used babies nappies sewn from corner to corner and tied in place with some string or tape I don’t know if they were washed and reused I didn’t think to ask.

  • Storm Stargazer

    Storm Stargazer

    3 giorni fa

    Rambling. Ugh

  • Melissa Whitt

    Melissa Whitt

    3 giorni fa

    When the asked my 91 year old lady who I was cleaning for how she dealt with her period she said “Honey I was pregnant from the time I was 16 to the time I went through menopause so I don’t even remember.” 😂

  • Maria Clark

    Maria Clark

    4 giorni fa

    I remember my mother who was brought up a very strict catholic did volunteer as a teen in a convent this would of been in the I think the thirties any way she had to go round with a bucket and collect all the Santeria towels go to the laundry and wash them by hand how gross is that. The towels were hand made with each nuns name on it. Could you imagine doing that now yuck 🤢

  • Buddhist Bushcrafter

    Buddhist Bushcrafter

    5 giorni fa

    I have read about a small cup to catch the period blood or trap it, like a tampon. This would be emptied and washed out. Not sure how it was held In place. In the 1970's, when I "became a woman", I had elastic belts and pads with long tabs front and back to lock into the belt. These would pinch or get stuck in your backside when you sat down! and were inefficient. Once there were adhering pads that you could position in your panties, and no belt, life got much easier. I had heavy periods, so I used to sleep on towels to prevent messing my bed. I gave up white pants or skirts altogether. I also did a lot of laundry!

  • sara hanlon

    sara hanlon

    7 giorni fa

    Hi, I've enjoyed reading all these comments. My mom was a nurse so she explained everything to me. I asked her how they coped when she was young (born 1915). She said they used rags attached to a garter belt thing. They washed out the rags and saved them for the next time. I (born 1942) had access to Kotex which came in a brown wrapped box so as to not show the name. My mother told me never to leave a soiled pad in the bathroom cause if my dad saw it , it would make him sick. "On the rag" refers to a woman being in a bad mood. That of course comes from the pre-Kotex years. Thanks , everyone

  • Elena Sh

    Elena Sh

    7 giorni fa

    For many times periods are directly mentioned in the Bible, one of the most ancient book. By reading it people could be educated.

  • April A

    April A

    9 giorni fa

    I've always wondered about this

  • JustAPrayer

    JustAPrayer

    9 giorni fa

    The comments on this video are even more fascinating then the video itself. No offense Karolina

  • Brenda Barnousky

    Brenda Barnousky

    10 giorni fa

    "Your diary might be read by your ancestors..." LOL

  • Teresa Renee

    Teresa Renee

    12 giorni fa

    I believe Native Americans would send the women to a special place, for the duration of the bleeding, and they did it freely, letting it flow into the ground....

  • Jennifer Gordon

    Jennifer Gordon

    12 giorni fa

    Imagine the smell tho? Cause their hygiene wasn't all that great back in this era. Str8 yuck 🤮

  • Steve Lucky

    Steve Lucky

    12 giorni fa

    The Bible: so yeah, women have there menstrual cycles give them a week and the women should be fine. Your gonna wanna keep things clean, change sheets wash clothes, things like that. Etc.
    *Over 2,000 years later*
    Man A: why is this blood here?
    Man B: maybe she’s sick?
    Man C: maybe we should tell the women to get rest?
    Priest: maybe you should read a book.
    ....
    Man A: I agree rest sounds good.
    Man B: most definitely.

  • Emily Kipp

    Emily Kipp

    12 giorni fa

    I’ve only ever heard periods mentioned in Lizzie Borden’s/her maid’s testimonies and she was probably lying.

  • Balinda League

    Balinda League

    13 giorni fa

    I'am 63 and my grandmother told me they used old rags for pads .

  • Petra44YT Nein!

    Petra44YT Nein!

    13 giorni fa

    I'm just glad I never had to deal with pads or any of those Victorian things. For me, it was tampons from the start. :-)

  • Fintan

    Fintan

    13 giorni fa

    When did women first connect their periods with fertility?

  • Petra44YT Nein!

    Petra44YT Nein!

    13 giorni fa

    I really love how you mention your sources. :-)

  • FrankiesFancy

    FrankiesFancy

    14 giorni fa

    I love your hairstyle. Perfect 1940s! Beautiful!

  • stayingalive4life Hill.R

    stayingalive4life Hill.R

    14 giorni fa

    I know ladies who used moss

  • ma dici a me?

    ma dici a me?

    14 giorni fa

    while in the 1950’s... my grandmother just used some cloth

  • Dana Cole

    Dana Cole

    14 giorni fa

    Get it Out Already...my Gosh

  • Emma Lu

    Emma Lu

    15 giorni fa

    I wonder if some women thought they really were experiencing something alone or some sort of medical tragedy possibly genetic since it was so secretive. I mean at first. By the time we got to Victorian era I'm sure they had it figured out that almost every woman was going through it, but before that and the women who were loners, I wonder if they really did think it was a horrible secret they had to keep.

  • courtney C

    courtney C

    15 giorni fa

    Did she pick her nose on camera?

    • courtney C

      courtney C

      13 giorni fa

      @Karla Garza ok Karen I must be bothering you

    • Karla Garza

      Karla Garza

      13 giorni fa

      We are all humans.!

  • Haniya Qureshi

    Haniya Qureshi

    15 giorni fa

    anne franks diary has a very very not nice descriiption but i guess she was not victorian

  • ymi

    ymi

    16 giorni fa

    I'm so glad for modern period products. Sometimes we don't realize how lucky we are until we put it on perspective

  • Patricia Palmer

    Patricia Palmer

    16 giorni fa

    In the early 1960s kotex made a "first period" kit, that came in a box with a lavender ribbon superimposed on the lid, containing a pad, belt, and booklet explaining what menstruation was. My mom gave me one and we went over it together. She told me, what her mother and grandmother did, in hilarious terms. The same thing you are explaining, she also went through and was determined not to repeat the horror. My friends all got "the kit", too. I got mine, sans kit, while away for several days, and improvised until going home.

  • Bonnie Lamar

    Bonnie Lamar

    17 giorni fa

    She lost me
    Way too much talking but not getting to the point
    Sorry.

  • Jai B

    Jai B

    18 giorni fa

    I wonder if any of the women who lived near the sea used sea sponges. You can use them now for this reason but you never hear about it. Just a natural, clean sea sponge.

    • Ghotessa Raven

      Ghotessa Raven

      16 giorni fa

      There are comments about the sponges too, look for them

  • Cynthia Murphy

    Cynthia Murphy

    19 giorni fa

    All I can think is that it must have been unpleasant to live in a warmer climate come summertime and have to wear all that hot clothing, long sleeves and a corset but I guess you got used to all that from an early age. A crampy period surely only added to that Victorian discomfort.

  • hone

    hone

    19 giorni fa

    i have a friend she says using pad prevents having children so she uses some kind of cotton but thinking of washing, drying and rewashing it bla bla bla- its just a nightmare full of blood.

  • MAXIMA

    MAXIMA

    20 giorni fa

    tampons are the best invention for your period 😎😎😎

    • MAXIMA

      MAXIMA

      6 giorni fa

      @Malcolm Lugg Were they the same shape as now or were they smaller? explain to me

    • Malcolm Lugg

      Malcolm Lugg

      6 giorni fa

      They were invented to pack wounds of WW1soldiers until someone - connected to Marie Stopes (?) - thought of a different use

  • Mountain MawMaw

    Mountain MawMaw

    20 giorni fa

    I am 60, grew up on a large farm, at 11 yrs old I came out of the outhouse screaming thought I was bleeding from my hind end, my bloomers filled with blood. Ma was hanging out clothes on the line and told I now has the curse, get to my room and lay down.
    I always felt so ashamed.

  • Heike TheAngel

    Heike TheAngel

    21 giorno fa

    Thank goodness I no longer have to desl with that crap. I hated it from the day I had my first period, although my mom had told me what will happen, but I was so ashamed and changed my panty every 10 minutes until I had none anymore, until the time I had my last ones. I was always embarrassed by it and tried to hide it and never let someone know. I suffered with horrible cramps and I was glad when the pads became thinner and self-adhesive. It helped me to get through this week without embarrassing stains on my clothes or dealing with this thick, uncomfortable, always slipping pads. I am so glad I got rid of that stuff 🙏🏻

  • Zelda Jones

    Zelda Jones

    21 giorno fa

    When my mum was a teenager, sometime in the 1940's I think, she went to a boarding school/teacher's college, that was run by nuns. No kotex in that place. Each girl was given a small allocation of rags for her periods. Because there was never enough, girls were constantly stealing rags from each other. Girls would have to have a turn doing the washing in the laundry on a regular basis. This included scrubbing and washing all of the used rags of whichever girls had their periods. It was disgusting. By the time I had my first period at age 12, things were still not that great. There were no self adhesive pads, until 2 or 3 years later. I had to wear a plastic lined undie which had a metal loop in the front and back, to thread the tail ends of the pad through. The pad was forever moving. Leakages were common. Tampons back then were bulky and square, and not suitable for a young virgin. Finally, when I was 16, I found tampons that were slimmer, rounder edged and much more suitable. And pads and liners were adhesive.I am so glad that, these days, girls and women have a lot more choice and convenience when it comes to buying period products.

  • inr63

    inr63

    21 giorno fa

    I’m one of those women who buy and do nothing for their periods; nothing really happens/flows.😐

  • Amanda Knowles

    Amanda Knowles

    21 giorno fa

    My mom (born in 1948) said she wore the same belt with the cloth pads attached that you showed! That is insane that they were still around in the 1960s! We are in Arkansas, USA. I never thought to ask what her mom wore, but I'm guessing it was probably the same. 🤔 I can't remember when she said that paper pads came out either. But I remember she said you had to wear the belt to keep the pad in place, so I guess it was still necessary even when women started wearing panties. My mom only wore skirts/dresses around that time too; as it was frowned upon for women to wear "men's clothes" (i.e. pants 👖) in the religious group she grew up in. Not a cult, just a southern chapter of Christianity called 'Assemblies of God'. I know this is an old video, but I wanted to throw in my little bit of knowledge just because I found it so interesting that you mentioned exactly what my mom told me. I'll ask her about my grandma and update this post with her answer!

  • NEONTRYHARD

    NEONTRYHARD

    22 giorni fa

    I just found this video and am your newest subscriber. I love the way you talk and speak so bluntly lol I love you, you are awesome xo

  • luckylexi

    luckylexi

    23 giorni fa

    Why did women give up the 3 days on the couch 🛋? Lol

  • Ron Cairney

    Ron Cairney

    23 giorni fa

    Frankly, I don't trust anything that bleeds for 5 days, and doesn't die.

  • h4nnaH

    h4nnaH

    25 giorni fa

    ah *they* had the option to lay around but *we* have to go to school
    :(

  • Anita Hickey

    Anita Hickey

    25 giorni fa

    They used to wear rags with pins then wash them and hang them on the line to dry in the early 20th century.

  • Alexander yeyy

    Alexander yeyy

    25 giorni fa

    If time machine existed, I would literally murder people (I don't care It they're children or women or old people and how many of them I have to kill). If it is what it takes to have a time machine

  • Sara Rose

    Sara Rose

    26 giorni fa

    I wish we got a week off to rest lol

  • Diane Keller

    Diane Keller

    27 giorni fa

    Y is it people just talk about a women's pussy don't get it thare is nothing else in life to talk about try talking about a man's dick

    • Diane Keller

      Diane Keller

      6 giorni fa

      @Malcolm Lugg so true

    • Malcolm Lugg

      Malcolm Lugg

      6 giorni fa

      Because women are much more important

  • Sara Troost

    Sara Troost

    28 giorni fa

    WTF is up with that hair?!?!????

  • Tia Kabore

    Tia Kabore

    29 giorni fa

    Just tell us already....damn! Thumbs down

  • vh2

    vh2

    29 giorni fa

    When I grew up in the sixties we used belts that you attached the pad to. They were a lot more secure then these sticky pads today, the belt really helped the pad stay where it was supposed to.

  • TM Suter

    TM Suter

    29 giorni fa

    My daughter was raised in a hiuse with 5 older boys. When she got her period her brother made her a cake and iced it with congratulations. They said rhey wanted to celebrate. They said maybe she would only be a little witch to them for one week a month, instead of all the time like she had been for the previous 6 months. Being the only girl in a house full of teenage boys and their friends ( all under 22) was a challenge.

  • Andrea R.

    Andrea R.

    29 giorni fa

    At about 12 years old, I saw a letter from one of my aunts to my mother in which she asked, referring to me , " Has her aunt from Red River arrived yet?" Well my "aunt" had arrived some weeks or months before, so that little bit of code speak was entirely transparent to me and quite amusing. I wondered if that way of referring to periods was typical for women native to that region in Wisconsin farmed by many families of German descent. I loved the little clue as to how female family members talked when they wanted to be discreet and delicate about such things.
    Mother seemed to feel these womanly milestones were unpleasant burdens. There were no advance warnings for me. When I announced one day to her that a girlfriend had told me it was time to start wearing a bra, she groaned, " A bra now, then I suppose after that it'll be kotex... At times I agreed about that, but only because the means of dealing with monthlies that I found out about at first were not very convenient or effective. Fortunately, technology has improved! With humans on the earth thousands of years, why did it take so long?

  • CraftyCrowStar

    CraftyCrowStar

    29 giorni fa

    Wow this is so interesting, and funny how the men finally started looking into it. But even further back in time wouldn't men know of this?

  • Aquamarine Mystique

    Aquamarine Mystique

    Mese fa

    Women were always constantly forever pregnant before the 1970s, so no one knew what menstruation was until then.

    • Malcolm Lugg

      Malcolm Lugg

      6 giorni fa

      Oh they did! Look into history. It's just women have been able to control our sex life after the pill. That's why Gen X is so much smaller than the millennials and Boomers

  • Alison Tunny

    Alison Tunny

    Mese fa

    Women used old rags, hence the term “ I’ve got the rags at the moment”.

  • Claudia Breaux

    Claudia Breaux

    Mese fa

    This was just plain nasty. I saw a documentary about the personal hygiene of these people way back then, it was disgusting.they were very nasty and they stunk so bad. But that was the norm for them at that time.

  • Rotting † Archangeloi

    Rotting † Archangeloi

    Mese fa

    My great great grandmother ( Born 1840 or 1841 i cant remember clearly) used to wrap one layer of cotton and one layer of wool around her private parts and wash it out in the evening. She lived in west germany and worked througout the day as a Personal house maid (i think that is what you call it)
    My other great great grandmother (Born around 1837) lived in Georgia (The country, not the state ) and used hay wrapped in leftover fabric and sometimes even wool. I sadly dont know what she worked as exactly
    My great grandmother used to tell my mother how painful it was when the hay Rubber against the thighs or other parts. She Was Born in the early 1920s and lived in Turkey until she was 40.
    I sadly dont know more but i hope it helped.
    I am sorry for my bad english

    • sara hanlon

      sara hanlon

      7 giorni fa

      Your English is good. (I'm an American ESL teacher.) Only Rubber should be changed to rubbed (past tense) don't know why you capitalized Rubber? Other than that, I thought I was reading something a native speaker had written. good for y ou

  • Charity Smith

    Charity Smith

    Mese fa

    my grandmother grew up fairly poor in 1940s and 50s American south and she always told me she had a belt or ribbon type thing that was incredibly bulky and hard to hide and it pretty much just kept a rolled up rag in place

  • Emily P

    Emily P

    Mese fa

    It's hard to believe that doctors didnt realize periods were linked to pregnancy somehow. Women have been giving birth for millenia by the 19th century, and no one noticed a pregnant woman doesn't have a period? Really sus

    • Malcolm Lugg

      Malcolm Lugg

      6 giorni fa

      Yes they did, it's been known for centuries, but how hasn't been known until cellular biology in the 20th century

    • Fred John

      Fred John

      28 giorni fa

      Hello Emily

  • Janice Ellis

    Janice Ellis

    Mese fa

    Get on with it

  • Janice Ellis

    Janice Ellis

    Mese fa

    Don't you yak. Get on with it

    • Fred John

      Fred John

      28 giorni fa

      Hello Janice

  • Joyce Miraglia

    Joyce Miraglia

    Mese fa

    We wore sanitary belts with sanitary pads up until 60s because unmarried girls\women didn't wear tampax ...things have changed for the better I think except young girls\women talk more vulgar about their period with others especially with guys\men which was unheard of in mixed company in my day...and I truly think it should still be that way...women should have some decency about themselves.

    • Fred John

      Fred John

      28 giorni fa

      Hello Joyce

  • frankshado

    frankshado

    Mese fa

    starts at 4:02.

  • Christine Whitfeld

    Christine Whitfeld

    Mese fa

    Oh God woman! Cut the gabble and get to the point!

  • Michelle Thorpe

    Michelle Thorpe

    Mese fa

    Think yourself lucky you still have them! I used to hate my periods, now I am in the menopause, I would kill to have them back. Imagine the highest fever you have had, wanting to whip your top off at ANY given moment. Dizzyness.night sweats for witch I have a fan at the side of my bed every night( if your going to get one get an old fasiond one they are built to last, iv had mine on every night for 7 years😓) just like periods you still get emotional😭 and grumpy😠😡 and doctors want you on HRT, somthig I refuse to take.

    • Fred John

      Fred John

      28 giorni fa

      Hello Michelle

  • Claire Casey

    Claire Casey

    Mese fa

    The medical profession only got involved with women's health issues when they demonized mid wives and wanted to take over the area of child birth, deeming woman hysterical and periods whereas the midwifery was the main go to for women and their health issues. This was around the time that women were fighting for equal rights and protection, because before that they were considered property of first the fathers, then if they were orphaned by and uncle or older brother, and the husband if they were married, property back then didn't warrant medical professional care hence midwives would be allowed to care for the women.

  • Claire Casey

    Claire Casey

    Mese fa

    Tampons and pads were not available until the 50"s belted pads were used until mid seventies. I know because I I lived it. Before the late 50's early 60' they used rags that they washed and reused every month

  • J R

    J R

    Mese fa

    My grandmother, born in a Swedish working-class family in 1930, remembers how her mum wore crocheted cotton patches (her "monthlies") that were folded and placed inside a small rubber "diaper" that were fastened with buttons to elastic strings that were in turn attached to the same belt where she attached her stocking holders. Because the patches were folded they were refolded when one side got to wet until they were changed once a day. Over this she wore culottes that functioned both as underwear and a petticoat.

  • Kelly Alves

    Kelly Alves

    Mese fa

    7:00 Gin. No, really. And willow bark.

  • Kelly Alves

    Kelly Alves

    Mese fa

    You want 19th century home medical guides. They could be pretty frank in a clinical context.

  • Pablo del Segundo

    Pablo del Segundo

    Mese fa

    Fascinating. Love the brooch, too.

  • hcollen

    hcollen

    Mese fa

    Women long ago used rags. Pieces of cloth. The old term "On the rag." My Mom told me this in the 1060's.

  • Catherine’s Peace Out

    Catherine’s Peace Out

    Mese fa

    This is very interesting. I have always wondered how did they handle their periods back in those days

  • D M

    D M

    Mese fa

    My dad knew before anyone. I was 14 and I remember coming out of the bathroom and I can't remember if I was crying or not from the cramps, but I just remember him saying "so, you finally made it". I think it was funny. My dad was the best. I actually think my mom was either outside in the yard or maybe next door at my aunt's. Who knows. It was no big deal to me. We learned about that stuff in 5th grade.

  • Sheran Walker

    Sheran Walker

    Mese fa

    6:23 makes you look like a young Queen Elizabeth 2nd 😂😂😂

  • Arranmor

    Arranmor

    Mese fa

    Karolina... I’m 72 years old and my mother told me that when she was young no “decent” woman would use tampons as they no longer were after the first use! This as in the USA!

  • Patricia Walker

    Patricia Walker

    Mese fa

    My grandmother in the day she she would wear sheets or towels or whatever she would boil them she would wash them

    • Fred John

      Fred John

      28 giorni fa

      Hello Patricia

  • judith Rix-Brown

    judith Rix-Brown

    Mese fa

    My grandmother told me the most important invention of the 1900s wasn't the car it was the kotex.

  • Gabriel Alexander Khoury

    Gabriel Alexander Khoury

    Mese fa

    Lateral thinking. How do naked women in the jungle manage. What about the ancients in Rome or Egypt. Did they leave records for posterity?

  • kymfjohnson1

    kymfjohnson1

    Mese fa

    So they just pee'd and didn't wipe???? I know that was...

  • Olive Kimbrell

    Olive Kimbrell

    Mese fa

    I hope someone writes a book on this comment section.

  • John Ravert

    John Ravert

    Mese fa

    What about the "mother's talk" that every little girl got on first experience...not that they were recorded, but they certainly must have happened. And, you're right that men never heard of them, due to the taboo.

  • Emj Deckwitz

    Emj Deckwitz

    Mese fa

    boring. horrible voice.

  • ot tap

    ot tap

    Mese fa

    a rag

  • I'm Sorry Rumham

    I'm Sorry Rumham

    Mese fa

    I was watching a TV show based in I guess the 1800s and when a girl got her period and didn't know what to do, her friend let her borrow a pair of red pantaloon type things and recommended that she buys some of her own because the red hides the blood stains. I dont know how realistic that is but it seems like a reasonable solution to come up with.

    • Malcolm Lugg

      Malcolm Lugg

      6 giorni fa

      If you know "The Railway Children" by E. Nesbit, the girls cut up their red coloured bloomers to flag down the train to warn of a landslide - they were red to disguise any leakages

  • Christian Smith

    Christian Smith

    Mese fa

    My grandmother, born in 1905 in the US South of Scots/Irish decent had some serious rules around menstruation. No baking, no canning. You weren't even allowed in the kitchen if she was making canned food or pickles while you were on your period. Supposedly you could "turn" kraut or pickles by even touching the jars while on your period. Pads had to be burned and hidden from any Men in the family. You absolutely NEVER mentioned you were on your period in mixed company. No showers or baths during your period and really any strenuous activity, as you might "catch a chill" (whatever the hell that means). I always wondered if woman just made up those "rules" to get a small break from all the hard work even if just for a few days each month.

    • RobertsAdra

      RobertsAdra

      Mese fa

      LOL. Reminds me of the native American "women's lodges" where women stayed at during their period because they also believed that you couldn't prepare any food when you were on your period or you may get everyone sick.

  • Australian person called Amelie

    Australian person called Amelie

    Mese fa

    I am Australian and my great grandmother was born in 1916. She use to use napkins and tissues but she died early 2009 a few months before I was born. My nana told me this.

  • irma adyatni mawardi

    irma adyatni mawardi

    Mese fa

    It's a really fascinating comment section! thank you all!

  • Samantha Schroeder

    Samantha Schroeder

    Mese fa

    Watching this while pregnant and haven’t had a real period since May of 2020. Idk why I’m so into this.

    • Fred John

      Fred John

      28 giorni fa

      Hello Samantha

    • Valerie Holt

      Valerie Holt

      Mese fa

      congrats!

  • Abbegail Livends

    Abbegail Livends

    Mese fa

    To be fair, if I was a man (who obviously didn’t bleed every month) and suddenly found my wife, daughter, or sister covered in blood and in pain I would assume it’s a disease of some sort too. Imagine just finding out that the women in your life lose like a gallon of blood in a week every month and get horrible symptoms along with it. That would be scary stuff.

  • maltese girl

    maltese girl

    Mese fa

    Sorry but that was so boring .

  • Cheryltwin2012

    Cheryltwin2012

    Mese fa

    Believe it or not, the best information I have gotten about menstruation in the Victorian Era was in a book about the Lizzie Borden case. Apparently, when the house was searched after the murders, one of the police officers (who was looking for blood soaked clothing) found a bucket with some rags in it and thought maybe it was something to do with the crime. Being that he was a "single man", he had no knowledge of menstruation and an older officer had to take him aside to tell him that those were "menstrual rags". Of course, Lizzie wasn't really questioned about the spots of blood found inside her petticoat either. She told the officer who asked about it that the spots were "flea bites", which was a polite term for blood spotting during the period. I wish I could be more helpful, but this was the first time I had come across this particular subject. It was bad enough when I started in the early 70's. You had to wear something called a sanitary belt because adhesive pads weren't on the market yet and when they did come out, they were quite expensive. The belt made it impossible to wear any kind of tight fitting clothing. So of course, everyone could guess that you were "on the rag" as we used to call it.

  • Barbara Packard

    Barbara Packard

    Mese fa

    Men have always known about periods. Are you kidding me? They were either rebuffed when the man wanted sex, or they made a bloody mess. The book "The Red Tent" is partially about periods in ancient times. Its intetesting.

    • Fred John

      Fred John

      28 giorni fa

      Hello Barbara

  • Debra Burch

    Debra Burch

    Mese fa

    I enjoyed the comments more than the video on this one.
    A lot of people had a lot to say!

    • Fred John

      Fred John

      28 giorni fa

      Hello Debra

  • Julie W. Strange

    Julie W. Strange

    Mese fa

    My grandma was born in 1926 Southern Italy... She had a hysterectomy in the 60's. All her years she used white muselin cloth which she bleached and boiled... the kind you would use to wipe baby's drool and in fact she also used something similar as nappies/diapers. So she wasn't too phased by my cloth pads! ;)

    • Fred John

      Fred John

      28 giorni fa

      Hello Julie

  • Kitty S.

    Kitty S.

    Mese fa

    My mother told me about having to make their own pads.