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Talking Of Period Shaming

I am a woman and I fully understand the importance of the monthly period, wherein a woman’s body sheds out the comfort cushion that it had created in her uterus to conceive a baby.

I know that women have now reached a point where period shaming is not acceptable to them. At all. And rightfully so.

It is no man’s (or woman’s) business to shame or restrict a woman because of her period. I used the word restrict because according to some age old customs in India, a woman is isolated during her period. I have read many reasons for this. Some even saying that it is to benefit the woman because she needs rest and a whole lot of other garbage.

News flash: If a woman needs rest while she’s on her period, she will give herself some rest. If her body has grown enough to hold a baby, you can be assured that she is fit to know what she needs and when.

Now turning the coin over and talking of how women respond to this shaming.

Women have now started responding to period shaming in a manner that I would call demeaning. To me, it is demeaning because keeping your period to yourself is just maintaining  your own hygiene and also respecting your own body. Sorry, exposing ones period blood does not seem the right way to me, to deal with this backwardness of thought. It only defeats the purpose.

I know I will be at the receiving end of a lot of flak for making this statement; But in no way do I find showing your period discharge to the world through pictures and videos as a necessary means to put your point forward.

One thing that bothers me a lot about this is that the internet is easily accessible to people across the globe, across all age groups. And in some corner of the world, there will be a little child going through these obscene pictures of your period blood. I understand that we want our children to be aware and responsible young people, but I fail to understand how an image of someone’s period blood will serve that purpose.

I feel that women are going out of the way to make this look normal. But doing this, in my opinion is a reflection that women themselves find a need to prove their point. Which I believe is absolutely unnecessary.

With the passing of time people have not learnt that a woman’s period is very very important and is a natural process, I don’t think a picture of your used tampon, pad, period cup, or stained clothes will make any difference.

So save yourself the time, spare people the displeasure, and let the socially illiterate continue to do what they’re best at.


8 comments on “Talking Of Period Shaming

  1. caroljforrester
    September 7, 2015

    A sensible, common sense response to this topic. It’s simply another part of life and should be treated as such.

    • Alda L
      September 7, 2015

      Thank you! I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s all about treating it the way it needs to be treated.

  2. April R
    September 7, 2015

    I have to agree. I consider myself a feminist… but last time I checked, feminism didn’t include exposing others to unhygenic practices – such as letting your blood get on stuff. Ick. That’s just plain unsanitary.

    • Alda L
      September 8, 2015

      Very very true. Feminism is way above this. This just defeats the whole purpose!

  3. Leisel
    September 8, 2015

    Well. That was horrifying. Informative, but horrifying. See, this is generally why most of my friends are guys. I don’t have patience for women who are going to put on a dramatic and unsanitary, unnecessary show.

    • Alda L
      September 8, 2015

      Absolutely! Not just you, I don’t think anyone should have the kind of power required to deal with rubbish of that level. And I’m so glad I have people who have the same mind as I do!

  4. harinirajasekhar29
    September 17, 2015

    I completely agree with you! This defeats the whole purpose of feminism itself. It is unsanitary, unhygienic and just PLAIN GROSS. Not done. I think we as women can do better than taking pictures of our period blood to ensure equality.

    • Alda L
      September 17, 2015

      Very true, Harini. It is just gross.

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