As a girl, like the majority of others, I have grown up in a society with there being a taboo on menstruation. I remember the first time in school when we learned about what a period was which was a very minimal explanation. By the time most girls got their first period the topic was not brought back up. Parents don’t talk about it. Males don’t want to hear about it, leaving girls to figure it out on their own and feeling unsure and scared. As an american women I am thankful for the resources I have available and after reading these articles it makes me even more grateful. Though this isn’t to say there isn’t more work to be done. I think education needs to be taken seriously and pushed for for girls and boys. Men will never have to suffer through a period but they should have sympathy. The notion menstruation is taboo makes no sense when it is something that every women goes through. In America women make up over 50% of the population. Some countries have made more progress while others like India are far from it.
In India women/girls are secluded from others when on her period. They also have a severe problem with available resources (Kaur, 2015). I think one of the major reasons for this is because of the lack of information and the taboo that the topic holds. Men especially need to move past this taboo when in leadership. In india men are in power and control the goods that are made, without them moving past this taboo nothing would change for women. A man named Arunachalam Muruganantham has done just that and made great strides. Unlike the other men who “tried” a period this man did it for the greater good to understand how to help women (AlJazeeraEnglish,2016).
Article on Arunachalam Muruganantham: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26260978
The taboo on periods: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/02/taboo-period-menstruation-damaging-lives-euphemisms
AlJazeeraEnglish. “Arunachalam Muruganantham: India’s Menstruation Man.” YouTube. YouTube, 01 Mar. 2016. Web. 09 June 2016.
George, Rose. “Bad Blood: The Taboo on Talking about Periods Is Damaging Lives | Rose George.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 02 Mar. 2016. Web. 09 June 2016.
Kaur, Gagandeep. “Banished for Menstruating: The Indian Women Isolated While They Bleed | Gagandeep Kaur.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 22 Dec. 2015. Web. 09 June 2016.
Venema, Vibeke. “The Indian Sanitary Pad Revolutionary.” BBC News. BBC World Service, 4 Mar. 2014. Web. 09 June 2016.