Dear Level

Yes, Women Can Have Sex on Their Period

You’re a grown man, right? Run that red light

Aliya S. King
LEVEL
Published in
5 min readApr 17, 2020

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Illustration: Janet Sung

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I have a superpersonal story to share. It’s not my story. Nope, not at all. It’s the superpersonal story of… a woman I know. We’ll call her Not Me.

Once, early on in a new relationship, Not Me started a hot-and-heavy sex session with her partner. A few moments later, he got a stricken look on his face.

“Are you okay?” she asked.

“I feel like… I just scraped against something,” he said. “Is there something inside you?”

Not Me’s first thought was a random 1984 song by Sheena Easton, “Sugar Walls.” Though she was only 11 years old, this woman knew that “Sugar Walls,” like the Mary Jane Girls’ “In My House,” was likely code for something vaguely sexual.

Back in the present day, she became horrified. Were her sugar walls somehow granulated? Did her boyfriend scrape her walls? She knew that was ridiculous, but her partner looked like he was in serious pain. What could have happened?

Then it hit her: It was the last day of her period and she completely forgot that she had…

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Aliya S. King
LEVEL

Aliya S. King is an author, freelance writer and editor.