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. Isn’t is enough we have to go through periods and smear tests and everything else?
It got me thinking the other day at work when I told somebody that I had come on my period. I didn’t have anything with me and asked if they had a spare tampon or pad. They actually shushed me. 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. More so that I, a 24 year old woman, was being shushed by another adult.
There were at least another four women stood around so I decided to make a point. I showed that I am not embarrassed about being on my period. By quite loudly saying ‘has anybody got a pad or tampon or not?’ Most of the women in the room stared at me in shock. 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. The men really didn’t care.
Does Social Media Help?
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. 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.
Freedom Of Speech?
I believe that we should be able to speak freely about periods as it will help those younger generations who are entering that stage. Let’s allow them to see that a period is 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. Give them people who they can talk to about what they are going through. 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!
You Can’t Hide It!
The hardest part, it’s very difficult for girls to hide the fact that they are on their period. This tends to be because of hormonal mood swings, cramps, breakouts ect. Another reason why we should allow girls to be open about what they experiencing. Show them that it is normal to be going through what they are going through. 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?