The Strange Legal History of Feminine Hygiene

April 18, 2013

Anne Elizabeth Moore and Laura Szumowski of Ladydrawers are collaborating to create a provocative and fascinating series of comics on the intersection of intellectual property (“IP”) law and gender. In this month’s strip, they tackle IP law and feminine hygiene. 


Laura Szumowski is an illustrator and writer living in Chicago. She is the author of several nonfiction guidebooks and is best known for her work concerning women’s health, such as Tip of the Iceberg: A Book About the Clitoris and Cycling: A Guide to Menstruation. See more of Laura’s work at

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a Fulbright scholar and author of Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity (The New Press, 2007) and Hey Kidz, Buy This Book (Soft Skull, 2004). Co-editor and publisher of now-defunct Punk Planet, founding editor of the Best American Comics series from Houghton Mifflin, Moore teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and works with young women in Cambodia on independent media projects. Her latest book, Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles, 2011), was called “The best travel book I’ve read this year,” by a USA Today reviewer and “piercingly honest” by The Rumpus.

You can find this strip and others in the series at Truth-out.