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Published on Sep 19, 2014
This episode is probably the most dense of anything I've created on Sexplanations. WARNING. I think I did more research and script-writing than any other piece, even gender. Why? Because it is about the menstrual cycle and the monthly(ish) cycle is really a very sophisticated building construction project that involves more than the uterus. For me, understanding the process involved reading seven different textbooks (just the menstrual section), reading six different articles, watching other YouTube period educators teach, checking the etymology of all the clinical terms, drawing the cycles myself with annotations, pretending to be different characters in the cycle, and coming up with new female reproductive-related lyrics to Willy Wonka's Pure Imagination.
Sadly you won't see all of this. You WILL have the four minute version of my take on the cycle. If it is confusing give it a few more runs-through and triangulate it with other sources. It is really quite cool when you have an understanding of what's going on.. at least it has been for me. #curious.
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Comment feature by terralynn9 from last week's episode: "While I completely understand the reasons for #1: Don't break the law, I would maybe say instead: be aware of the laws where you live and the consequences if you're caught breaking them, consider the reasons for the laws (are they to protect you? why?), and if you and your partner choose to go ahead anyway, make sure to be safe, sane and consensual. It wasn't that long ago that anal sex was illegal in Canada and the US (even between straight people), and it still is in some places. Homosexuality is punishable by death in some countries, but I wouldn't counsel homosexuals there to never have sex, just to be very careful about it."