Feeling the Shame of your Period?

February 13, 2020 | st-blog-admin

Social and cultural norms have created some pretty strange, outlandish even, trends. And there is a myriad of cultural perceptions all over the world when it comes to women’s periods. Some cultural beliefs regarding periods are not just bizarre, they can also bar women from education, jobs, and overall equality – no, we are not joking. 

Here are some norms that really take the cake when it comes to the bizarre quotient! 

The bottom line is that taboos are not just weird, but they can hold back women in many ways. Although they have stemmed from concerns about hygiene, today, they have grown into strong restrictions that need to be constantly fought. And where have these taboos taken us today? All around the world, one in three girls faces scanty sanitation, and the others face social and cultural stigma during their periods – to the extent where they are intercepted and not allowed to go to school, crippling any kind of hygiene-related education that they MIGHT get. We say ‘might’ because that’s how much importance we have grown to give hygiene and health. A report by Dasra suggests that almost 23 million girls drop out of school annually due to lack of proper menstrual hygiene management facilities.  

If we stop thinking that periods are gross, shameful, and dirty, then perhaps it wouldn’t be the humanitarian crisis that it has become today. But the truth is, we have a long history of embarrassment and apparent shame to overcome. It’s so ingrained in our behaviour that being put on blast for having our period doesn’t help.

We shouldn’t have to feel like we need to whisper about needing a sanitary napkin or hide a napkin inside a black polythene cover. Periods aren’t anything strange or peculiar, and neither is talking about them. That’s why we have to talk about it. Period.

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