Let us talk about Menstruation today!
Do I already see a few of you squirm while reading this. A few of you may even be uncomfortable and think why is Sharvari talking about ‘That time of the Month’ on Mumbai 2 Melbourne? The reason I am raising my voice about common Taboos regarding Menstruation today is to create awareness amongst both Men and Women that Menstruation is an absolutely natural phenomenon and it is not needed to be shrouded in secrecy.
In our society, menstruation is likened to impurity, wherein a woman is considered unclean. In certain cultures menstruating women are treated almost like untouchables. They are banned from kitchens and not allowed to cook or touch food. Similarly they are not allowed to pray or enter the room which has religious books or the prayer room at home. I am very glad that my Mum did not believe in this and never made periods a big deal. I was allowed to do everything I would during menstruation which I would on non-period days.
One of the other taboos is to talk about menstruation. It is one word that is shrouded in secrecy. No one talks about it in the family. I remember going to the chemist to buy sanitary napkins when I was in Grade 10 for the first time. The chemist insisted on wrapping it in a newspaper then tying it with a thread and then covering it with a big black opaque plastic bag. It left me wondering if I was indeed carrying sanitary napkins or arms for mass destruction! I remember coming home and being super annoyed with the way this society thinks about periods even at that tender age.
Not allowed to visit temples or mosques or religious places of worship if you are menstruating is one taboo that really annoys me. My argument against this is that God created menstruation to happen to a woman every month so there should be no reason why menstruation should make a woman any less religious at that of the month. I have certainly not believed in this taboo ever and I have certainly visited places of worship during that time of the month. Sorry not Sorry!
You cannot wash your hair for the first 3 days of your period. Says who?? Just another crazy idea that someone passed on and it became an unwritten rule. I just cannot believe how such taboos exist even today.
It is not just the villages and small towns but these taboos exist even in well-educated families in the cities as well. Education and creating awareness about menstruation through media and social media is the need of the hour. This World Menstrual Hygiene Day (May 28), our endeavour is to break the taboo that engulfs this natural phenomenon that is the basis of very existence of human life on earth. This post is a part of a blog train hosted by Anupriya of www.mommytincture.com where 14 wonderful ladies have stepped forward to express themselves this #MenstrualHygieneDay and stress on the fact that there are #NoMoreLimits for woman. I would like to thank Disha from http://lifemyway.in/ for introducing me. Disha is an IT professional and a lifestyle blogger and writes about travel, food and fiction. Also I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Sayeri from http://www.sayeridiary.com Sayeri is a Kolkatta based blogger who loves to write about fashion, parenting, beauty and makeup. She is a Digital Marketing professional and blogging is her passion.
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