A recent study about the taboos associated with menstruation is getting a lot of press, including coverage in The Huffington Post, Mashable, The Daily Beast, and other news outlets, which often include a helpfully illustrative crotch shot with their story. What’s the best way to get people to read about periods and make menstruation less of a taboo? We have a full analysis of the issue below.
Periods! It’s a thing that happens to all women. So why is it so taboo to talk about menstruation?
While most women are comfortable with talking about their periods with other women, most women are uncomfortable discussing menstruation with male friends, family, work colleagues, and classmates.
Women will often replace the words “period” and menstruation” with more euphemistic terms like “Aunt Flo” or “Lady Times” out of embarrassment.
This stigma is further exacerbated in developing countries where women may even miss school or work due to embarrassment over their periods.
Making matters worse, tampons, pads, and other feminine hygiene products can often be expensive and/or difficult to access, especially for the poor or those in developing nations.
Menstruation education varies widely from country to country, with about 90% of women in the U.S. receiving menstrual health education, but only 75% in Russia.
Some companies — like Coexist, a small British company with a predominantly female employee-base — are controversially considering giving “period leave” to women.
Periods! It’s a thing that women have to deal with.