Today I will share three ideas with you how teenagers (uhhm … or maybe all of us!?) can learn about peri­ods in a fun way. The three games are per­fect for using the new time gained dur­ing the Corona-Quar­an­tine to learn more about men­stru­a­tion. With colour­ing books, board games or mem­ory, you are learn­ing about period knowl­edge and your gen­eral mind­set will quickly improve. By play­ing period games, it nat­u­rally becomes some­thing very nor­mal and we are more relaxed when talk­ing about it. The gen­eral accep­tance of peri­ods increases as well. No more being ashamed or embar­rased when talk­ing and learn­ing about our body. It is impor­tant that edu­ca­tion is fun and includes activ­i­ties that we enjoy doing. Emo­tional as well as prac­ti­cal infor­ma­tion must be com­bined with sci­en­tific facts in a mean­ing­ful way. And we should always ask our­selves: How do we actu­ally talk about men­stru­a­tion with other peo­ple (espe­cially the younger generation)?

The Period Game (board game)

‚The Period Game’ is a board game about men­stru­a­tion. It is designed to change the way men­strual knowl­edge is taught in schools. Learn­ing about men­stru­a­tion has never been so easy and lively. It is an inno­v­a­tive idea to edu­cate espe­cially young peo­ple and to coun­ter­act period shame. The game guides us enter­tain­ingly and eas­ily through dif­fer­ent top­ics such as puberty, men­strual cycle, peri­ods or PMS. All par­tic­i­pants learn what hap­pens in their (own) body. The game aims to turn a typ­i­cally unpleas­ant sit­u­a­tion into a fun and pos­i­tive learn­ing expe­ri­ence. It is impos­si­ble to not say words like men­stru­a­tion or tam­pon  dur­ing the 30 min­utes of the game. These words nat­u­rally slide over into the lan­guage we actively use and will be pos­i­tively per­ceived (with the fun of play­ing). The goal of the game is to become a period expert. That is the only way to win.

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Who’s behind the game?

Daniela Gilsanz and Ryan Mur­phy met at the Rhode Island School of Design in the US, where both stud­ied indus­trial design. The idea for the game was born dur­ing a joint project at the uni­ver­sity. Now they want to rev­o­lu­tion­ize the sex edu­ca­tion in schools with ‘The Period Game’. They have also won the Red Dot Design Award.

Lan­guage: English

Web­site // Cam­paign on Kickstarter

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Pussy Pairs (mem­ory)

‘Pussy Pairs’ or also ‘Mumury’, is a mem­ory game with vulva pic­tures. The mem­ory is intended to raise aware­ness of vulva diver­sity and to cel­e­brate the diver­sity of all peo­ple. It is both an artis­tic and slightly provoca­tive ice­breaker. It can be a visual aid in the con­text of sex edu­ca­tion. But hon­estly, it helps all peo­ple to finally see real vul­vas. The game chal­lenges us and makes us think, because the prej­u­dices against the sex organ of men­stru­at­ing peo­ple are deeply rooted in us. Pussy Pairs wants to over­come not only prej­u­dices but also feel­ings of shame and fear of touch­ing the vulva. Instead, sex­ual auton­omy and more self-love is being encour­aged by show­ing pic­tures of real vul­vas. The Mem­ory also invites an open dia­logue about aes­thetic ideas and also doubts about our vulva. The aim is to find as many pairs of match­ing vul­vas as possible.

Who’s behind the game?

Glo­ria Dim­mel has been pro­duc­ing vulva repli­cas from clay in Vienna since 2017. By now more than 130 peo­ple have par­tic­i­pated in her project. Also all 18 vul­vas we get to see in the game are imprints of real peo­ple. A part of the pro­ceeds will be donated to sup­port the rights of womxn. A par­tic­u­lar focus is gen­i­tal muti­la­tion of peo­ple with female gen­i­talia, which affects around 200 mil­lion men­stru­a­tors world­wide every year.

Web­site // Cam­paign on Startnext

Maubeschau (colour­ing book)

‚Maubeschau’ is a lov­ingly designed men­strual colour­ing book for peo­ple of all ages, which offers dif­fer­ent vulva illus­tra­tions. Every draw­ing shows how dif­fer­ent and beau­ti­ful the vulva can be. It is mainly intended for the moments dur­ing men­stru­a­tion, to con­nect cre­atively and artis­ti­cally with your own cycle. The aim is to develop a pos­i­tive atti­tude towards the men­stru­at­ing body and to expe­ri­ence vulva diver­sity. Col­or­ing con­tributes to relax­ation and invites us to deal with our­selves more deeply. The book also con­tains a men­strual cal­en­dar, where you can write down your mood and other char­ac­ter­is­tics dur­ing the men­strual cycle.

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Who’s behind the col­or­ing book?

Jenz Mau is an artist and writer, among other things. She writes mainly about sex­u­al­ity and self-love. She is also pub­licly active as a pro­sex fem­i­nist and is com­mit­ted to ensur­ing that all peo­ple can live sex­u­ally self-deter­mined lives.

Lan­guages: The texts in the book are in Ger­man and English

Web­site // Cam­paign on Startnext

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Why should we learn about peri­ods with games?

The idea of edu­ca­tional games is mainly to approach the sub­ject in an respect­ful and fun way. It is best done in a lov­ing and pro­tected space that invites to ask ques­tions. The active par­tic­i­pa­tion in the games encour­ages a healthy explo­ration of one’s own body, cycle and men­stru­a­tion. Because the per­cep­tion and aware­ness of one’s own body has a direct influ­ence on how we feel about it. And the basic pre­req­ui­site for a nat­ural and self-con­fi­dent approach to top­ics such as men­stru­a­tion or fer­til­ity is that (young) peo­ple feel com­fort­able in their own bod­ies and show appre­ci­a­tion for them.

Who are the games suit­able for?

The tar­get group for all three of these games are actu­ally chil­dren or teenagers, in order to sup­port sex edu­ca­tion at school (or at home). If we learn about men­stru­a­tion through games, it is often eas­ier for us. They are also nice presents for young peo­ple, prefer­ably before their first period. But hon­estly, I think that the games are suit­able for peo­ple of all ages. Because the games are not just about clas­si­cal edu­ca­tion or imr­prov­ing the knowl­edge. It is much more about chang­ing one’s per­spec­tive and learn­ing an unbi­ased per­spec­tive towards men­stru­a­tion and sexuality.

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Britta 
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Britta Wiebe is the co-founder of Vul­vani. She loves research­ing, writ­ing and design­ing new arti­cles or inno­v­a­tive edu­ca­tional con­cepts about men­stru­a­tion all day long. When she is not trav­el­ling the world, she enjoys spend­ing time with her loved ones in the beau­ti­ful city of Ham­burg in Germany.