Stop Period Shaming: talking about menstruation is not a taboo

Period Shaming, it’s time for you to stop being a social plague. Those of us who have experienced it at least once in our life will agree and reflect ourselves in the following words: “Menstruation is one of the most natural functions in the world. They are a sign of femininity and fertility, and play a fundamental role in women’s lives (so far all true and fair, ed). Yet, for some strange reason, women still feel a sense of shame or embarrassment today just from the simple fact that they bleed. What’s more, according to recent research, “the feeling of shame comes from relationships with the people closest to them”. It is with this incipit, punctual and precise, that the case study carried out by menstrualhygieneday.org opens: by Period Shaming we mean precisely that sense of shame and embarrassment that mentally conditions women every time they menstruate.

The data proposed by the source to the cry of #StopPeriodShaming come from a survey conducted by THINX, an innovative company that aims to counter this phenomenon by offering concrete solutions (such as, for example, “blood-proof” underwear on the days of the menstrual cycle “) . According to the study, 42% of women today say they are a victim of period shaming, while 12% of these add that they have even been the subject of judgments by a family member or classmate. It is obviously male counterparts that we are talking about: it is quite shocking to find out from the survey that, yes, 44% of the men interviewed admitted to having made jokes (or unpleasant comments) about the mood of their partners when they were having menstruation. The debate becomes even more complex if we consider the same issue in professional circles: “51% of the men interviewed – explains the source – believe that it is inappropriate for women to openly mention at work that they have a menstrual cycle”. The data just cited constitute the beating heart of a much more complex problem, which is nothing more than a direct consequence: based on all this, how much can a woman really feel free in her red days?

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Being able to freely state “I am menstruating” still seems to be taboo for many women, and it is therefore necessary to understand where to start to dismantle the stigma. Think of all the times in which you have passed absorbent (secretly) with your friends, sisters and colleagues, with the exact same embarrassment of those who would like to imitate a drug dealer who drops illegal things in the hand of another. Think of all the times when, five steps ahead of your closest friend, you asked her to tell you “if you are dirty”. And also think back to all the times when menstrual pains were so severe that you canceled an appointment, preferring to tell a lie rather than the truth. Well, know that in all these circumstances you have not been alone. Know that there is an army of women like you who still live in the same condition every month, and that it would be appropriate to stop once and for all with Period Shaming. Such as? Living the menstrual cycle more freely, giving up believing that it is taboo, focusing on the fact that having it is the most natural thing in the world for centuries and centuries now.

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It would even be the case to start sensitizing the male sex once and for all and, if ever they feel embarrassed by the fact that we talk freely about menstruation, so much the worse for them. They will get used to it. As a spokesperson for THINX concludes, “the culture that revolves around menstruation must be revolutionized. To do this, it takes men as much as women. This revolution can only begin with honest conversation and go through educational programs that make women feel more confident and aware of their bodies. We believe that women with periods need greater access to information, resources, solutions. This is why we are trying to revolutionize the industry from its old-fashioned approach, trying to remove the sense of shame and create supportive communities “. Said in a hashtag, #StopPeriodShaming.

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