The beautiful body-positive zine, created by Rachel Rolseth, starts from the outside and works in. Using artistic anatomical illustrations, alongside scientific, academic and creative resources, it covers specific parts of female genitalia, fertility, consent and menstruation.
Two strong threads run through Lady Bits. The first emphasises the vagina as an indicator of health, encouraging the reader to familiarise themselves with their bodies, and understand what’s normal or healthy for them (vaginal discharge, for instance, can indicate either infection or fertility depending on what it looks like).
The second thread is the spiritual connection between menstruating bodies and the moon. This has been debated throughout history (there are scant scientific studies with evidence for and against). Lady Bits includes a lunar calendar, less for practical synchronisation with lunar phases, than a reminder that the body’s menstrual rhythm is akin to that of the regular waxing and waning of the moon.