I still don’t understand why we are in 2018 and the word ‘period’ still makes people cringe! Surely we have gotten over the fact that periods exist and every woman (well most) bleed every month.
It got me thinking the other day at work when I told somebody that I had come on my period and I didn’t have anything with me and asked if they had a spare tampon or pad. They actually shushed me and told me to keep my voice down because there was a man in the room and I actually felt embarrassed. I wasn’t embarrassed because I had come on my period but more so that I, a 24 year old woman, was being shushed by another adult. There was at least another four women stood around so I decided to make a point and show that I am not not embarrassed about being on my period and quite loudly said ‘has anybody got a pad or tampon or not?’ Most of the women in the room stared at me in shock and it wasn’t until the male in the room turned round and said ‘I know where there are some spare one upstairs if you want to come with me?’
It was then that I realised that it was the older women at work who were embarrassed over periods and the men really didn’t care.
Unfortunately this isn’t always the case, there have been many times that I have gone onto twitter and a girl has tweeted about being on their period or just generally talking about periods and many lads have replied to them moaning or telling them they are ‘gross’ and ‘disgusting’. It seems like us girls are being made to feel like periods are something to be ashamed of and are a secret thing that happens to our bodies and should not be spoken about.
I believe that we should be able to speak freely about periods as it will help those younger generations who are entering that stage and allow them to see that it nothing that they should be embarrassed about. Also, if we have people speaking openly about periods it will give these young girls a chance to read more about what they are experiencing and also give them people who are they can talk to about what they are going through and show them that it is nothing they should be keeping a secret.
If talking about periods makes a male feel uncomfortable then I say tough! We are already uncomfortable enough with bleeding, cramps and any other hormonal thing that decides to happen that month. So, I believe that if they really do feel uncomfortable just by hearing the word period then they need to realise that this is what women go through all of the time!
The hardest part is, it is very difficult for girls to hide the fact that they are actually on their period. This tends to be because of hormonal mood swings, cramps, breakouts ect. This is a another reason why we should allow girls to be. open about what they experiencing and show them that it is normal to be going through what they are going through and every other female tends to go through exactly the same, unless they are extremely lucky and have easy periods.
So why can’t we all just embrace being women and appreciating the amazing things our bodies do?
Why do we have to hide the fact that we experience periods every month?
And lastly, why should we have to whisper the fact that we have come on our period so that we do not make anybody feel uncomfortable or embarrassed?