Eira Nylander Torallas graduated from Reed College in May of 2018, from which she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. She moved to Portland, OR from her hometown of Madrid, Spain, in 2014 to continue her education. During her academic career, she was able to explore her deep passion for social movement theory and all of its intersections, as she advanced her research on breaking down taboos surrounding sexuality and gender. In her senior thesis "Respétame: An Ethnographic Analysis of Perceptions of Sexual Consent Amongst Young Women in Madrid Nightlife", she dismantles normative understandings of gender, sexuality, and sexual consent in post-Franco Spain. She now holds the position of Programs Director at PERIOD since October of 2018, after being part of the PERIOD Events Team during the summer of 2018.
Menstruating since: 2009
School: Reed College ‘18
Words to live by: "Feminist politics aims to end domination to free us to be who we are — to live lives where we love justice, where we can live in peace. Feminism is for everybody." - bell hooks
Menstruation revelation: Everyone's relationship with their period is different, and not everyone bleeds the same. Some bleed a lot, some barely bleed at all. Some experience excruciating pain while others live with tremendous mood swings. You can't generalize the menstrual experience. We're all here to learn!
Surprising fact: Eira was raised trilingual (she now speaks 5 languages!), and between the ages of 14 and 18 she was an amateur classical boxer.
Interests: Qualitative sociology (especially concerning gender and sexuality), learning new languages, long chats, cinema, tattoos, music, dancing, craft beer, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family.