The Painters are in, Auntie Flow came to visit or is it the time of the month? Or maybe you are the very few that refer to it as an actual Period. Why are we ashamed and so sneaky when it comes to Periods? They are something that happens to the female body once a month (unless controlled otherwise) for the most part of adult life. But yet we still act strange when it comes to period talk. We don’t talk about them and god forbid we ever mention their arrival to a male and need I start on TV adverts for period products!!
I find myself in an all-female office at work yet, I am still embarrassed to walk through holding my tampon on the way to the toilet. I find myself doing the sneaky up the sleeve move as I shuffle off to the toilet. Why? Why does it feel so shameful to show someone your tampon? Or why do we feel like we have to hide it? I mean I know not everyone in the office needs to know I’m on my period, but it shouldn’t be a shamed thing when it does. As a female you on average have around 480 periods in your lifetime. So why is it so looked down upon. When really it is as natural as taking a poop.
I went to buy some supplies from a shop the other day and I found myself again, getting embarrassed as I placed my arm full of products in front of the male shop assistant. When really, I shouldn’t have cared. I find myself saying to myself, ‘Hells yeah I’m on my period! Did you know you could buy two of your pints of beer with the money I am spending to stop the monthly flow’. But of course, it’s to do with period so you keep your comment to yourself and quickly shove your supplies in your bag before anyone can see. Even when I was back at school it was a shamed thing! If you were even caught with a tampon it was laughed about. I can remember being around 14 and a group of boys had a joke bloody tampon and they were laughing and not wanting to touch it. It was also non uniform day and they very kindly put it in my hood and continued to laugh at me after I had removed it. But even away from school if I am slightly grumpy you get ‘Oooo she’s on her period’ comments which automatically piss you off more if you happen to not be on your blob at that current moment!
My friend tagged me in a eco-friendly period product video on Facebook the other week and I am really not convinced by some of the suggested products. A moon cup I get that that works but is it not awkward to clean out in the middle of a public toilet?! Up next the washable pad, I mean that’s ok I could run with that idea. Then came the final option, and I’m not being funny but I’m not using a rolled-up crochet square any time soon. I can crochet and let me tell you that isn’t stopping anything! If we need to be making progress in period products to help save the planet then I think we need to talk about periods normally. Because if the TV adverts are anything to go by then they really give the wrong impression about periods. Not once have I seen a period advert with a woman wrapped in a blanket eating chocolate, getting emotional or angry about random crap!
I guess this was kind of a bit of a rant post?! Or maybe I just don’t see why we are so funny around periods? It’s weird and confusing to me that it is such a taboo subject. When I say taboo, I mean’t I wont be bringing it up at the dinner table any time soon but a bit more normality about periods would be nice.
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Chloe May x
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