My name is Cheryl and I’m a biologist working in the pharmaceutical industry.  I recently went back to school for an MBA and am enjoying (almost) every minute of it.  For a course on internet entrepreneurship, our challenge was to develop a content-based website that would attract those who seek what we know and win their trust.  I chose a topic that keeps me warm inside and I hope I have succeeded in my task.  (For the next few weeks, there is also a competition in class to see who can get the most hits – so please share this site with others.)

About a year ago I was searching for a way to celebrate with my two daughters, aged 14 and 18 at the time.  The younger one had recently got her first period, while the older one was about to be drafted into the Israeli army.  Two good reasons for empowering my girls.  Two good reasons to have a party.  I had read the book The Red Tent by Anita Diamant some time earlier and remembered how special and empowering the womens’ time was in the menses/birthing tent.  That started me thinking.  After a few nights of surfing the web I had a lot of interesting material on menarche (a girl’s first period) in hand.  And after talking to some close friends, the plan was set in motion (thanks Dina and Muriel).  Of course, I read the book a second time. It’s a good feeling to be able to share with you both the richness of the red tent culture and some ideas for partying and empowering girls.  I’d love to hear your ideas as well (Reply to me from the homepage). 



3 Responses to “About”

  1. Rachel Says:

    What a fantastic idea! The Red Tent the book is my absolute favorite.

  2. Vivian Bercovici Says:

    Very interesting site….I, too, read the book but enjoyed it as a compelling piece about the past, and, in truth, was a bit uncomfortable with how segregated the men and women were. The Red Tent, which you interpreted as a symbol of empowerment, I saw as a cage….a place where women were forced to go to be separate from the world, presumably because they were unclean. I assumed, perhaps wrongly, that the red tent was a measure imposed by the men in society. Reading the book, I was not at all sure that I would want to be in a red tent…the object of attention, surely, but also trapped in a place, cut off from life. Your point is probably that the red tent afforded the ultimate opportunity to connect with life.

    You read the same book and saw in the custom a respect for and reverence of women. You interpreted the red tent as a sanctuary and not a cage. The time of withdrawal you saw as an empowering respite rather than enforced isolation. I expect the truth, historically, is a blend of both our impressions, but, our luxury is that we can make it what we need and want it to be today.

    A very interesting website, for all the reasons inferred in my comment. I love the pictures…they really enliven and make real your idea and interpretation. Thanks for doing this.


  3. Pippa Says:

    Enjoyed finding out about this book that you have written about and other’s comments and will look for it at the bookstore. Before seeing this site, I hadn’t thought much about celebrating menarche as I have sons but I am glad to have been made aware of it. I am forwarding the website to my friends who have little girls so that they can get ideas on how to help their daughters recognize the specialness of becoming a woman and feel empowered.

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