This Is A Period Playlist

The other week I watched the heterosexual movie No Strings Attached, and I liked it. This is completely irrelevant to anything on this website EXCEPT at one point Ashton Kutcher’s character made Natalie Portman’s character a period playlist? And I was like, this is kind of cool? The movie website has the playlist available in its entirety (be warned, there is automated music that you can’t turn off), but I thought I’d come up with one of my own! What does one do with a period playlist? I’m not entirely sure, but whatever, now I can say I have a period playlist. Also have you seen the period tumblr yet, because girl, you need to.

The Period Playlist

Song Against Sex – Neutral Milk Hotel
Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles
Madder Red – Yeasayer
Big Red Machine – Justin Vernon
Red Belt – Tegan And Sara
Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now – The Smiths
Young Blood – The Naked and Famous
Swimming In The Flood – Passion Pit
Red Rabbits – The Shins
Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones
Bad Blood – Bright Eyes
Blood Bank – Bon Iver
Feel Flows – The Beach Boys
Coming Up Roses – Elliott Smith
Always On Time – Mnemonic Sounds
Walking With A Ghost – Tegan And Sara
Red Moon – The Walkmen



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    Hahahaha well played, madam. I just realized that I made an unconscious decision to play “Red Wine” by Bob Marley while reading this.

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    lul these titles are so awkward in period context now…thanks emily. i will never listen to feel flows the same way (apparently the song is acutally about ejaculation which is not any better but alas.) also, smiths five.

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    Good timing, yesterday was my emotionally needy day and today was my unprovoked rage day, so that means my period will be starting this week.

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    Blood Red Summer- Coheed and Cambria

    This is the first thing that popped up when I typed “red” into my iTunes. -_0

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    Seeing as my friends and I refer to it as “shark week” I feel like the jaws theme song would be appropriate! Dun dun…

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    Read this post, then went to the bathroom. Surprise! I got my period. I blame this playlist.

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    personally I think bowling for soup’s ‘The bitch song’ would fit in very well with this playlist
    “Is it ok if I speak to you today? You’ve been pissed off for a week now…”

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    All I can think of is a song in spanish that its actually about the period and mood swings… Its called “De Vez en Mes” by Ricardo Arjona! 🙂 :-$

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    I feel like it’s only a matter of time before all us Autostraddlers start to menstruate together, like roommates.

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    “Red Red Red” by Fiona Apple, partially because of the red, but mostly because it’s Fiona Apple, and her unique brand of lady anger is perfectly suited to the unique brand of lady anger I get once a month.

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    If you’re in the mood for some Riot Grrrl/feminism (which I never am on my period, I get too worked up. RAWWWR, PERIOD GRRRL WILL DESTROY PATRIARCHY WITH NOTHING BUT BLOOD AND HER OWN TWO HANDS) then I suggest “My Red Self” by Heavens to Betsy.

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    “upon this tidal wave of young blood” by clap your hands say yeah. so gooooood.

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    Ha I don’t have a period playlist but I definitely have a period song, that plays in my mind everytime it’s THAT moment of the month : Bachelorette by Björk.
    I mean, “I’m a fountain of blood in the shape of a girl” ?? Come on !! 🙂

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    Omg I remember this from No Strings Attached XD

    Bleeding Love-Leona Lewis
    Bleed It Out-Linkin Park
    The Red-Chevelle

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    Hah, every month when it’s period time my girlfriend and I sing bleeding Love by Leona Lewis, I hate that song but it’s marvellously entertaining to sing if you’re bleeding all over the shop.

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