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Recently, I posted a status on my social media account about period shaming, some people clearly criticized it that how it’s just a woman to woman matter and shouldn’t be discussed publicly and to my utter shock it was none other than a few women objecting my stance. This made me realize that when we talk about giving awareness about mensuration to under privileged people; we actually forget it’s the educated class which needs to be educated first on this matter. So, this is what I posted on my social media account:
Society needs to understand a point that mensuration is nothing but a physiological process a woman has to go through every month. It’s not something to feel ashamed about, it’s just a stage when puberty hits a woman. A lot of women in under privileged areas do not have access to even sanitary pads, because of lack of awareness and also quality pads being expensive; it’s considered as a shame for them to go out and ask for something which is a necessity for them. A lot of women treat themselves at home when they go through any disease related to menstruation. Just because they are afraid to discuss it with the men of their house as it’s an embarrassing issue. What hurts me the most is this that our educated class even hesitates to talk about this and still consider period talk as a taboo.
According to society they care about women on period; this is why sanitary pads are locally available and advertised but if society really cared about women, we’d have sanitary pads in every bathroom by now just like toilet papers instead of a happy woman singing and dancing in an advertisement of a sanitary pad.
This doesn’t end here, I’ll talk about my periods, fight against the stigma of period shaming. Fight against those who consider periods as a Taboo.
“It’s my body, my blood and my pride. Yes, I would speak up every time someone tries to disgust it or shame it.”