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BREAKING THE PERIOD TABOO

In recent years, menstruation has been hitting the headlines with period poverty, shame and injustice all issues for UK girls and women. But the fight back has begun…

THE HEALTHY REPORT

Photographs: Stocksy

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The average woman spends 3000 days of her life menstruating, yet four in five of us feel uncomfortable talking about it, giving our periods nicknames like ‘Aunt Flo’, and hiding tampons up our sleeves. It’s all a bit… ridiculous. None of us would be here without periods – so why is it so hard to respect them? One obvious source is old-fashioned misogyny. Remember Donald Trump’s comments to journalist Megyn Kelly, blaming ‘blood coming out of her wherever’ when she pulled him up on his anti-women rhetoric? The hashtag #PeriodsAreNotAnInsult was subsequently born – only to die away just as quickly. ‘We need to reframe periods to dispel the notion that they’re something to apologise for’, says period poverty campaigner Amika George (freeperiods.org). ‘Lazy euphemisms and hiding tampons don’t help.’

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