August 30th, 2011

Nineteen years ago today, L7 singer/guitarist Donita Sparks tossed her used Tampax into the crowd at the U.K.’s Reading Festival, yelling, “Eat my used tampon, fuckers!” Her former bandmate Jennifer Finch remembers this menstrual moment in rock history in this excerpt from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge:

"People were throwing mud at us when we were playing. Donita was like, ‘Fuck this!’ and went behind her amp and pulled out her tampon and threw it into the audience. It was hysterical. That’s something we used to do, growing up: drive around and pull our tampons out and throw them at people that made comments. It’s the ultimate kind of ‘fuck you.’ I always thought Donita was a bit of a reactionary, but thank God, she just expressed how angry and upset she was at that moment.”

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