Menstruation is a natural phenomenon. #AboutBloodyTime to speak up?
How might your life have been different for you if, on your first menstrual day, your mother had given you a bouquet of flowers and taken you to lunch, and then the two of you had gone to meet your father at the jeweler, where your ears were pierced…and then you went, for the very first time, to the Women’s Lodge, to learn the wisdom of the women? How might your life be different? – Circle of Stones by Judith Duerk
A month ago, we talked about how Heather Watson broke one of sport’s biggest taboos by talking about “one of these things I have, girl things”. Even though she didn’t use that dreaded word – menstruation – we can well imagine the shocked silence that would have greeted her declaration that her defeat at the Australian Open could have been on account of those silly “girl things”.
That incident got us talking about the wall of ignorant silence that envelops a perfectly natural biological function. Men do not hide their shaving creams and razors (or even their underwear, for that matter), so why are women supposed to sneak away their sanitary napkins and tampons into the darkest recesses of their books and bags?
Something’s gotta give, so we’re making a start by running a short survey on women’s habits during their periods and testing your knowledge about the myths about menstruation. There is more stuff that we are planning over the next few weeks to make the business of menstruation open and fun – so share the survey on FB/Twitter as we come together to celebrate all us lovely #BloodyWomen!