Today’s guest post is from Period Wise, and touches on a really important issue: shame and menstrual products which was sparked by a recent event in a school in the US.
A teenage girl who was suspended for concealed carry of menstrual supplies [in a school system which requires that everything be brought into school in a clear plastic bag to facilitate security checks] sheds light on a problem that sadly still plagues us – a lack of confidence among those who menstruate and a lack of understanding among those who do not.
Apparently the Principal’s position is that teenage girls should feel confident enough to place their feminine hygiene needs in a clear bag for all the world to see and carry it with them to class throughout the days they are menstruating, or expect to become menstrual.
Social taboos and menstrual myths abound and affect all.
Rules are established – and followed – without real consideration to the needs of half (and perhaps over half) of the population of a school…group…gathering…attendees of functions….
And, perhaps that’s what these girls should do until this rule is struck down. Perhaps the girls should band together and bring feminine hygiene products in a clear confident carry bag every day whether they are menstruating or not.
I wish all girls and women were so confident in themselves and with menstruation that they were comfortable doing just that. It would go a long way in ending the embarrassment that so often (and unnecessarily) accompanies things period wise.
And, it would also put an end to the idiotic assumption that menstruation requires a doctor’s permission slip because it’s a medical issue.
A medical issue? Um…the last time I checked the definition of “medical” it said the word related to the treatment of illness and/or injury.
Menstruation is NEITHER.
So what does confident carry look like?
You tell me.
When you confidently carry menstrual products, what do you carry and how?
If you’ve never confidently carried menstrual products openly in public, what do you think it would look like? And, how would you confident carry?
Who me? Confident carry?
Confident Carry day TODAY is an opportunity for all to embrace menstruation as normal and natural – NOT something to hide or be ashamed of. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness to the plight of girls and women all over the world who are shamed into secrecy about all things period wise.
Who would benefit from seeing you confidently and openly carrying feminine hygiene products? Your daughter? Granddaughter? Your mother? A niece? Your BFF? A student? A girl new to menstruation? A woman with years of experience? Your partner?
Who could you / would you impact by participating in Confident Carry Day?
At the very least, Confident Carry Day (if you choose to participate) will impact YOU.)
Before you say, “This is not for me because I…” let me say this: male or female, not currently menstruating / never have / or never will again – all are role models for the girl or the boy in your life.
Yes. Confident Carry is not just about girls and women. It’s about men and boys, too.
#ConfidentCarry on #May9 is for all.
Guestpost from Suzan from Period Wise: Empowering girls and women to embrace a too long taboo topic – menstruation.
Currently my work as a menstrual activist and educator includes many roles: mentor, friend, writer, speaker, teacher, and perpetual student. I also serve as the Director of Connectivity for You ARE Loved (a non-profit that raises awareness about TSS) and as the Manager of North American Operations for Lunette (makers of an amazing reusable menstrual cup).
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