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So, there is a post apocalypse, a nuclear one, that destroys most modern day infrastructure, along with factories that produce, ummm, “female hygiene products”. The technology of the world has gone back to late-17th century levels, so my question is what could woman do about it during the apocalypse?

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closed as off-topic by kingledion, Mark Olson, Vincent, L.Dutch, Willk May 19 '18 at 19:07

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    $\begingroup$ A basic web search will find you plenty of articles and references to e.g. menstruation in the middle ages. Please do basic research before coming to WB. $\endgroup$ – StephenG May 19 '18 at 16:16
  • $\begingroup$ This question is exactly, "What did women do about menstruation in the late-17th century." That is a history questions, so it is off-topic here. I am voting to close. $\endgroup$ – kingledion May 19 '18 at 16:23
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    $\begingroup$ Well if you think a world set back to the 17th century is gross for menstruation, you might want to give a bit of thought to such trivia as general health care (including childbirth !) and getting clean water. You loose a lot of infrastructure and capability to make things when you dash back to the 17th century. Knowledge of how to does not equate to ability to manufacture. $\endgroup$ – StephenG May 19 '18 at 16:48
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    $\begingroup$ Women managed to live very well without ultra-modern feminine hygiene products for thousands of years. In most countries in this world women used traditional methods to deal with this monthly problem up to the second half of the 20th century, which is to say, there are very many women in this world who know what to do, from their mothers or grandmothers. It's not as if modern tampons have existed for centuries and knowledge about life before tampons has been lost in the mists of time or is confined to the deepest recesses of secret libraries. $\endgroup$ – AlexP May 19 '18 at 16:55
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    $\begingroup$ This could be perfectly on-topic, but you could've done a simple google search and then included your own research. I don't think it's bad to not trust the results and double-check by asking, but at least show some effort. It is recommended to downvotes questions (see worldbuilding.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5914/… ) that have issues such as yours. Perhaps this should be communicated better, but if you are wondering why you have 3 downvotes so far ... $\endgroup$ – Raditz_35 May 19 '18 at 16:57
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The apocalypse doesn't mean cloth has suddenly disappeared. Maybe I'm being a chauvinistic male pig, but why would women suddenly forget how to fold up a piece of cloth and stick it down there until the bleeding stops? Maybe not as comfy and sanitary as factory made pads and tampons, but its not like people are so stupid they would forget how to take care of basic bodily functions once their Iphones and wifi quite working.

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  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps men should just not include a lot of details about menstruation into their fictional works in general. I'm not saying my comment and your answer are a perfect fit, but since it's the accepted answer and tries to solve this with common sense (got my upvote), I'm gonna present what I would call common sense. $\endgroup$ – Raditz_35 May 19 '18 at 17:05
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    $\begingroup$ I'm not trying to be too mean, but after a certain point exposition is just not needed in a story. If it isn't furthering the plot then it probably shouldn't be included. Personally when a person thinks I as a reader am too dumb to figure out how people go to the bathroom or wash themselves then I begin to feel like my intelligence is being insulted. As a writer building a world always think of the audience. $\endgroup$ – TCAT117 May 19 '18 at 17:39
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    $\begingroup$ The first line is mildly offensive (or can be read as such) so could you please replace "Mentally Disabled" with "Stupid" ? $\endgroup$ – StephenG May 19 '18 at 20:19
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    $\begingroup$ The people you are offending will be those with relatives unfortunate enough to be stricken with mental disabilities through no fault of their own. Please find another way to insult the OP ( if you feel you must do that ). $\endgroup$ – StephenG May 19 '18 at 22:09
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    $\begingroup$ @SRM The problem here is that "mentally disabled " is being used as an insult. The problem you are talking about is when "stupid" is being used to refer to people with mental disabilities - which is the opposite context. $\endgroup$ – StephenG May 20 '18 at 1:12

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