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TOPIC: The Fight to End Period Shaming

The Fight to End Period Shaming 01 May 2016 23:16 #9671

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Article discussed: www.newsweek.com/2016/04/29/womens-perio...ons-pads-449833.html

Newsweek recently published an article addressing an ongoing issue for women about periods and period shaming. A woman's monthly menstruation is a taboo topic for Americans, one that is largely avoided in conversation and treated as a yucky unspeakable that happens to literally every woman in the world. Of course, a woman's monthly bleeding isn't ever going to be a conversation topic (going so far as to say it would be may be considered a little strange), however the stigma attached to it is unfortunate and a demonstration of inequality between women and men. This article brings up several good points about how ridiculous it is that periods are treated so harshly. In 40 states, tampons and pads for menstruation are considered luxury items and are taxed as such. In an interview with the president that went viral, Ingrid Nilsen questioned why this was the case. Even Obama says that he has no idea why states would consider them luxury items, and further says that it was probably men making those laws when the taxes were approved. Ingrid addresses this as an illustration of how "it's one of those things that gets buried", and also is a reflection of how women's bodies are viewed by both the government and society.

I have to say, I intentionally looked up an article that addressed this topic due to hearing a radio broadcast recently where one speaker non-chalantly said "Ew!" and "Gross!" about period cups. I was appalled that an adult could be so childish about something that every woman goes through. The male speaker, for me, spoke words that only perpetuated a completely unfair, childish, and useless notion that periods are something to be ashamed about. I really have to wonder how, in a patriarchal society such as this, periods would be viewed if men were the ones experiencing them . But this is not a new wonder. The article mentioned above cites a woman from 40 years ago who wrote about similar concerns and how if a man were to experience periods instead of women, the treatment of them would be vastly different.

I highly recommend this article.
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The Fight to End Period Shaming 08 May 2016 21:20 #9733

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Very interesting topic! I do think that it is important that we as people do not judge those that have reached this point of puberty! However, I do think that it is important that children are taught how to deal with this. A lot of times schools do have a sex ed class but they do not always teach everything that needs to be known. Instead it becomes a time to laugh or play around for young students. It is important that Children are aware and are able to understand that a period is only normal.
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The Fight to End Period Shaming 17 May 2016 08:27 #9845

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We definitely should have gotten past this by now considering women have had to deal with this since the beginning of time. I think even besides the fact that that pads and tampons are taxed we should have more of them available at schools and public restrooms where you shouldn't have to pay for them at all. Especially when accidents happen, and they do, it shouldn't be something we have to hide and be ashamed of.
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