In a message dated 12/09/2008 10:32:08 GMT Standard Time, [log in to unmask]
>Then again, I can't understand how it was possible to have children
>before the nappy was invented, nor for that matter the sanitary
>towel, but people must have coped somehow.
This message is obviously going to open up a whole new thread. There
must be PhD dissertations out there.
While listening to various people in York explaining to school kids that the
Vikings used moss for lavatory paper together with pieces of rag - because
these were found in the cesspits, I did always wonder whether this
interpretation of the rag was purely the product of male archaeologists! Any
imaginative woman can visualise the teenage girl who simply couldn't face washing out
the bloody rags AGAIN! "Oh dear, I seem to have dropped them in the cesspit!
I seem to remember that the Folk Museum in Stockholm did a research project
and subsequent exhibition on menstruation before the disposable ST!