The subject of menstruation doesn’t typically get very much attention. Yes, there is the mass marketing of tampons and sanitary napkins but, come on, those commercials don’t resemble anything close to an accurate idea of what menstruation is, how it feels or how to handle it. But that’s generally the only public acknowledgment of the fact that most women menstruate (and will about 170 times in her lifetime).
Many of us were not socialized to talk about our bodies in an open, accepting, scientific way, which leads to so much confusion and, sometimes, shame. Even as adult women, we go around whispering to others of our kind, “Do you have a tampon?.”
Join us today as we discuss periods. We talk about everything from getting your first period to society’s outdated idea of a woman’s abilities related to her menstrual cycle. We share some truly great new inventions that aim to set women free of body shame and health risks associated with menstruation.
Welcome to the it’s-about-darned-time-we-talk-our-periods show about… periods.
Links mentioned in this episode:
- America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines by Gail Collins
- Sanitary Napkin Machine – India
- Period Tracker Apps
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In the Comments:
How do you feel about menstruation being openly talked about? Do you think you would feel less shameful (if you currently do feel shame) regarding your body? Share your thoughts in the Comments below.