The Menstrual Movement starts with one drop

For anyone who is a major in any of the humanitarian fields, the struggle of creating any form of mass organization (whether it be phone banking or running a nonprofit) runs deep in the foundation of social movements. Yet, as our culture has begun to deconstruct and break down preconceived notions, we see that the many movements have fallen due to grandeur illusions that starting something is enough to change the world. Growth is gradual. Success is gradual. All who are involved in the ups and downs of social movements may want to reach across national and international spaces, but the reality of it is that all grassroots start locally---the want to serve those in international spaces is well-intentioned but often never fully formed. In truth, to extend services without the full scope of resources and knowledge is more of a disservice to those struggling than support. The most successful movements in history often began slow moving, working in a linear fashion from local to national to international.

Operation Period operates for all those who bleed, we want to re position our focus on the consistent provision of menstrual products for all living within the United States, before we embark on the issue of combating both cultural and physical hurdles in the international scope. We work for all those who menstruate whether it be in Eugene or in India, but we want to do so in a way that upholds the integrity and purpose of our mission, even if that progress may be more gradual.

Links of Interest:

“New initiatives highlight WSU’s commitment to gender inclusivity”

“Her school’s restrooms didn’t have pads or tampons. So she took matters into her own hands”

“Should Colleges Make Tampons Free on Campus?”

Alona Arneson