Did you know that in many cultures, women are considered unclean when they have their period, are even forbidden to enter certain buildings while on their period and are socially excluded or even exiled from their homes?
Yes, period taboos are, unfortunately, still alive and thriving in 2022.
False beliefs surrounding menstruation create an environment where women are deprived of their fundamental rights to their hygiene and health as they prefer to keep silent when it comes to this topic.
The first period is a scary ordeal too often.
Even in societies that see themselves as progressive, menstruation still remains a taboo topic.
In this case, I speak from personal experience. Allow me to tell you a story:
A couple of weeks ago I took my daughter out (treated her to a nice dessert) to celebrate her first period.
I also posted (a now infamous) TikTok video of the two pieces of cake each of us chose while explaining that we are celebrating my daughter’s 1. period.
In less than a day this video attracted a slew of comments!
Most of them insisting that such content is horrible / discussing and that both of us should feel ashamed – me for bad parenting and my daughter for tolerating this kind of behavior. Video:
This made me realize that our society still has a lot of work to do when it comes to period.
After that, I came to the conclusion that the best way to stop the cycle of shame is to start educating the new generations about how period is a perfectly natural occurrence and is nothing to be ashamed of.
That is why I started playing with an idea about workshops for teens that are just about to get their first period.
I would like to create a safe space for a group of peers where we can discuss periods in a positive light while also talking about our fears and explaining them away.
What do you think about this little project? Would you come?