“Pads will be wrapped in a newspaper when they’re purchased.”
Depending on who you are, where you live and what kind of cycle you have, period-shaming may not really feel like a thing for you. People bleed, life goes on. Right?
For example, it can be much more complicated to have your period when you don't have money to buy menstrual products or don't have access to a clean and safe bathroom, or if you identify as a gender other than female.
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(Many of you also wrote to say that you don't feel periods are stigmatized in your culture, or that how people talk about menstruation is changing in a positive way — which is great!)
None of these responses should be taken to speak for an entire country, culture or religion; there are, of course, many diverse beliefs, practices and experiences within each. But here are some of the things readers shared with us.
"Pads will be wrapped in a newspaper when they're purchased."
The topic of periods is hush-hush, where people will refrain from talking about it. People have started to speak out and eliminate period-shaming lately. Pads will be wrapped in a newspaper when they're purchased, and tampons are seen as a thing that will take away the virginity of a girl or get lost inside. If someone comes out of a washroom with Random Facts, surely a pack of Libra was opened.
—Nikhat, 21, Fiji
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My own mother really made a huge deal about the smell and burden of my period. More than talking about reproductive health (she had endometriosis), sexual health, wellbeing, and the like, she made sure that when I was on my period I still performed all my duties well, both in and outside the home, for the sake of others and despite my pain.
—Kristy, 18, Australia