CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
MUM address & What does MUM mean? |
Email the museum |
Privacy on this site |
Who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! |
Art of menstruation |
Artists (non-menstrual) |
Asbestos |
Belts |
Bidets |
Bly, Nellie |
MUM board |
Books: menstruation and menopause (and reviews) |
Cats |
Company booklets for girls (mostly) directory |
Contraception and religion |
Costumes |
Menstrual cups |
Cup usage |
Dispensers |
Douches, pain, sprays |
Essay directory |
Extraction |
Facts-of-life booklets for girls |
Famous women in menstrual hygiene ads |
Founder/director biography |
Gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux |
Humor |
Huts |
Links |
Masturbation |
Media coverage of MUM |
Menarche booklets for girls and parents |
Miscellaneous |
Museum future |
Norwegian menstruation exhibit |
Odor |
Olor |
Pad directory |
Patent medicine |
Poetry directory |
Products, some current |
Puberty booklets for girls and parents|
Religion |
Religión y menstruación |
Your remedies for menstrual discomfort |
Menstrual products safety |
Seguridad de productos para la menstruación |
Science |
Shame |
Slapping, menstrual |
Sponges |
Synchrony |
Tampon directory |
Early tampons |
Teen ads directory |
Tour of the former museum (video) |
Underpants & panties directory |
Videos, films directory |
Words and expressions about menstruation |
Would you stop menstruating if you could? |
What did women do about menstruation in the past? |
Washable pads |
Read 10 years (1996-2006) of articles and Letters to Your MUM on this site.
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

The Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health
Former museum–FutureComic strip about a visit to the museum

 Cats: the site directory

In this enlarged section of an ancient family photo the founder and director of this museum holds one of our many cats when we lived on an island in the Mississippi River, the Rock Island Arsenal. My father, an Army engineer colonel, was responsible for flood control on a section of the river. I was about eight. We look happy with one another.

The MUM director paints cats - and dogs and people.

The original seven cats of this museum: Those original cats occupying museum chairs and couches (others came later - for example, The Supreme Kitten; his mother, Mrs. Jablowski; and sister Teeger.  And many others).

Complete list, with hierarchy (again, these are only the original ones)

Prof. Mack C. Padd, MaxiMUM, The Distinguished Service Institutional Wallace C. Meyer Memorial Pouncer at the Museum of Menstruation, Senior Cat and Chief Tomcat

"She sights a Bird - she chuckles - "
poem by Emily Dickinson (1862)

"A Kitten's Prayer"

Alley Cat Allies
(an organization urging the public to catch, inoculate, neuter and release feral cats; read why)

Manual of construction of cats

Toilet training cats

Basic Rules for Cats Who Have a House to Run

If the musical "Cats" were done by cats

And if you love cats, read The Cat - Le Chat - by Colette

In one of the French writer's greatest stories, Alain loves his cat, Saha, more than the young woman he just married. Camille has only one thing she can do - and so does Alain, and you understand both of them.

It's 150 pages of light, sensual prose from 1933. I read it because of a mention in a review of a new biography of the writer, one of France's best. You might have to get it on interlibrary loan, as I did.

After five pages I thought, Oh, no - only 145 pages left!

When I was a boy I thought cats were female and dogs male. Cats still strike me as thoroughly female. Mini, my Maine coon cat (missing now many years and probably dead) was as arrogant a male as I have ever met, but had the finest and longest fur of my cats, beautiful eyes and was as slinky and watchful as any of them. To me, very feminine.

Alain lost a wife but not feminine companionship.

See San-Nap-Pak sanitary napkin ads from 1932 and 1945 and Ads for teenagers. See the roughly contemporary Dale tampon, and very early Tampax and fax.
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