In India every function, occasion or festival usually has many rituals attached to it. Such rituals sometimes seem logical, but mostly they feel illogical and are blindly followed by many people. Be it birth, death, marriage or any festival, many rituals are followed in India. Even menstruation has many rituals attached to it, somewhere, it’s beginning is followed by a celebration, somewhere by isolation and somewhere there is not even a slight discussion.
Menstruation used to be a big hush-hush topic and still it is in many parts of India. But times are changing and so is the mind-set of people, still there is a long way to go. In rural India, even today talking about menses is a big taboo, forget about people explaining about the periods to their daughters or discussing menstrual problems.
Today sanitary napkins are easily available everywhere and are in widespread use. This was not the case about a decade or two ago. The cloth napkins were used in those days and on rare occasions when one used sanitary napkins, disposing them became an issue especially in small towns or in rural areas. There are myths that witches will use it against you and do black magic, this belief is prevalent even nowadays in rural India.
In our school days, girls mostly used cloth napkins and it was very difficult to manage with them. Staying in the school for 7-8 hours using cloth napkins during periods used to be very unhygienic and difficult to manage. And not to forget those shame spots ( as it felt in those days and maybe even now) on a girl’s uniform. I don’t think there is a huge change in mentality regarding the period stains on a girl’s dress. No one will feel ashamed if his/her dress gets stained due to blood from a wound, but everyone will feel uncomfortable due to a period stain and girls will try everything in reach to hide them.
Now times have changed, girls and women use sanitary napkins and they don’t need to worry much about period stains, still accidents do happen. I don’t know, when will that time come when a girl stains her dress due to her menses, she would not need to hide that stain without any shame or fear. Will that be possible any day? Will it be possible for people to accept periods as a natural phenomenon and period stains as any normal stain and not a stain of shame?
What do you people think? Is it possible in near future? Will the girls and women be able to accept their periods with pride as #PeriodPride?
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