Was anyone told to be excited of getting their period for the first time? I sure wasn’t. Unfortunately, when I got my period for the first time, I didn’t even know what it was and when my mother explained it to me she said it was an awful thing that women get every month. I grew up with this negative image of my period and every month I would dread for that time to come. Menstruation is a normal process that occurs in a woman’s body. However, society applies a very negative emphasis on menstruation that we eventually learn to despise that time of the month. This creates consequences such as losing touch with our own bodies and understanding what is really going on. Along with the negativity that is applied towards menstruation, women are marketed pads and tampons that are extremely unhealthy to our bodies because of the toxins that the cotton contains. The NEIU Women’s Resource Center is giving away pads and tampons and once we have given away the ones that we currently have we will be purchasing healthier options such as organic pads and tampons. So stop by and help us deplete these supplies!
I strongly believe that young girls should be educated about their periods in a positive way. Getting our periods is not something to have hatred for. It is a natural process in which our bodies needs to go through to cleanse. Women and girls should be told that there are healthier pads and tampons that we can use. Men should also be educated about menstruation. What does a guy say or how does he react when you ask him about mentruation? He will either make a weird face, or make a rude comment about it. But why? Menstruation is something normal and both men and women should be given positive education on the subject. I recently watched the documentary, Red Moon, and it demnstrated the reactions of men when they are asked what they think about menstruation. Their facial expressions and verbal responses were disappointing. We need to begin educating ourselves and others so that women can begin to love their periods. So how about we start staying away from toxic period talks that are preventing us from loving out bodies to the fullest.
There are many reasons to love our periods. To learn about other reasons why we should love our periods click here.