Local gal pals educate ‘womxn’ on living mindfully with menstruation

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Womxn - "a woman, used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women."

Why is it that menstruation is essentially a taboo subject when about 50 per cent of the population experiences it on a monthly basis? In 2019, best friends, Sam Fuller and Olivia Crone decided to tackle the taboo subject head-on and build a community of “inclusivity and openness.” They created Simply la Femme to “help educate womxn on how to live mindfully with their cycles.”

“Menstruation is a natural process which most womxn experience, so rather than feeling ashamed or burdened, we decided we’d educate ourselves on how to live mindfully with our cycle.”

Sam and Liv, as they call themselves, started to build a community of resources with the help of doctors, naturopaths and other women with a passion like themselves.

“No one should have to feel alone if they are experiencing struggles with their cycle because chances are someone else has gone through the same thing.”

But Simply la Femme is not only period talk. Sam and Liv also say they “love to delve into hormone management, understanding how our body changes, birth control and everything that goes with being a womxn.”

In 2019, Sam and Liv ran the first Simply La Femme workshop called “Find Your Rhythm” where they hosted a local yoga instructor and naturopath, and the girls say they are looking forward to organizing another workshop.

Sam and Liv are online, having built a community on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and even producing “The (not so) Simply La Femme Podcast,” which is available on Spotify and Apple. The duo also promotes Thinx period underwear at www.shethinx.com/pages/leader-simplylafemme?fbclid=IwAR1JjUmknVsd-Rj7VyFgr2AB6-eUPOQBaEgkdjOdYJTuAEaj9d4U6wkwUUk&utm_source=leader

“We hope to create an educational resource that menstruators of all ages can easily understand and learn from.”

Join the Simply la Femme community and connect with Sam and Liv at @simplylafemme on social media.

Justyne Edgell, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Uxbridge Cosmos