Megan Lierley Wants Women to Talk About Sex and Periods

Member Megan Lierley runs the site Blood and Milk for Cora tampons.

Welcome to our Member Profiles series. We’re highlighting women who come to The Assembly to collaborate, sweat, and engage. 

What do you think when you hear the words: blood and milk? Does it gross you out? Megan Lierley bets it does and she’s OK with that. Blood and Milk is the name of the content site she runs for Cora, the organic tampon company. The site covers women’s health issues with respect and intelligence. It hopes to remove the shame many of us feel about topics like menstruation and miscarriages.  

“I was shocked at first by the name Blood and Milk, and that’s the point,” Megan told me as we sat outside in The Assembly’s backyard. “A lot of my friends have had similar reactions, but it makes you realize you have to go that much further to normalize women’s bodies,” she said. Calling the site something straightforward, like “women’s health blog,” would be a missed opportunity, according to Megan. “With Blood and Milk you have to ask yourself, ‘Why do I feel such a strong “yuck!” feeling when I hear that? What do I need to check within myself?’”

We can be a trusted source of information for these hard-to-ask questions.

Because society still shames women about normal bodily functions, like our periods, Blood and Milk wants to be a place where we can get real. “One of our top-five most read articles is How to Insert a Tampon,” Megan explained. “We understand there are so many intimate questions women have. Because they aren’t getting the answers they need, we can be a trusted source of information for these hard-to-ask questions.” The site has published a personal essay on what it’s like to have multiple abortions and shared one woman’s story about trying to get pregnant while dealing with an eating disorder. The radically-honest approach matches Cora’s overall mission to help improve communication about and access to tampons and other women’s health products. Currently, when you buy a subscription to Cora’s organic tampons the company provides period care products to women and girls in developing countries.

Megan helped launch the site in early 2018, and since then it’s expanded to talk not only about menstrual health, but also about topics like mental health. Megan actually wrote the introductory letter for the mental health section, opening up about her own struggle with anxiety. “That felt super empowering because I had a real story to tell that resonated with people. I also felt vulnerable,” she said. The site also has delved into longform reporting. Recently Blood and Milk published a piece by author Meg Fee title What Is a Woman Worth? Megan edited the story, which explored what’s the best part about being a woman, and what’s the worst. “We really wanted it to happen before midterms. I’m excited to put that out in the world and I think it’s more sophisticated than some of the top-five pieces we need for SEO,” Megan admitted.

How The Assembly Fits In  

Megan spends some of her time working remotely at The Assembly, where she feels inspired by the women around her. “It’s powerful to see women who are not only talented and ambitious, but also genuinely kind and welcoming,” she said, adding: “It’s kind of a fairy tale place.” Alongside the work she’s doing with Cora, Megan believes her membership at The Assembly helps her find her own voice and power as a woman. “The Assembly is a perfect place for that,” she said.

If it would feel empowering to tell your story, then I would love to be that platform.

As Megan strives to create a safe space for women to talk about their bodies, she welcomes new voices. “For The Assembly community, I’m always looking for stories to share,” she told me. “Members should take a look at the site, and if it would feel empowering to tell your story, then I would love to be that platform.” We’d love to read it.

If you’d like to connect with Megan, say hi when you see her around in the in the Clubhouse!

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