There Will BE Blood...Or Will There?
Thu Jun 9 19:26:00 2016
It’s one thing to talk about ending period shaming, but another to actually take your own advice. Newsweek recently shared a feature article aimed at the global efforts to end period shaming. The cover? A nice, clean white tampon on a blood red background. But blood? It’s nowhere to be seen. While the article does give a comprehensive rundown of the problems with luxury taxes on menstrual health products, the struggles of women in both first world and developing countries, and a hilariously true account of what periods would be like if men had them the thing that stands out most is the cover.
Talk is just, well...talk
2015 was dubbed the Year of the Period and 2016 is carrying on the legacy. We’ve got people taking to Twitter with #tweetyourperiod to share their period stories, marathoners bleeding freely while they run, and the luxury tax on menstrual products being taken down one state at a time. These actions are furthering the mission of ending period stigma and shaming in a big way. Talking about how to end period shaming is a huge step in the right direction, but it’s going to take more than an article to show that you’re on board. The Newsweek article would have garnished far more attention had it shown a bloody tampon on the cover. Sure, it would have likely been the fake blood used in movies, but it would have caused a stir that ramped up the conversation even further.
Get bloody already
If you’ve ever watched a commercial for tampons or pads then you’ve seen the pristine blue liquid that pours from photoshopped models as they perfect their downward dog. Don’t you just wish that’s what your period looked like? Kidding. Menstrual blood isn’t gross. It’s totally natural (and, dare we say, beautiful). And it shouldn’t be so taboo. Part of ending period shaming is going further than the conversation about ending it and actually showing it. People seeing blood will help drive the point home that menstrual. Blood. Isn’t. Gross.
Join the fight
You’re either a person with a period, the child of a person with a period, or you love someone who has a period. Period shaming isn’t a women’s issue. It’s a human issue and if you’re human (we’re guessing you are) then, please, join in the fight. How? Easy. Be brazen about your period. Buy a menstrual cup for your daughter. Talk to your sons about menstruation. Stop hiding your tampons in the bottom of the trash. Laugh it off if you stain your white jeans with a period leak. Hey, go a step further and rock those white jeans, blood stain and all. Yeah, it’s going to feel unnatural but only at first (and only because society has taught to believe that menstruation is something we should hide).
Period shaming is a real problem that affects those who menstruate all over the world. Taking action to make one of the most normal human functions and anything done to remove the stigma from it is great. Would Newsweek having a bloody tampon on the front cover have furthered the movement? Absolutely. Does that diminish what they were trying to do? No. It just opens up an important conversation about how we can move the talk into inspired actions that will change lives.
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