Taboo or fear?

It’s been a rather interesting week since the buzz we created while raising awareness about #MenstrualHygieneDay. I am proud of my heritage, and will always honor customs; but I wonder if the reason for silence about #MenstrualHygiene is out of taboo or fear of backlash.
The most recurrent theme in the feedback is that it is inappropriate to discuss “such matters” in “public”. “Such matters” being anything to do with menstruation and “public” here being social media.
W.E. is using the social media forum as a tool to raise awareness for our #chitengedrive - the gathering of supplies to make reusable cloth pads/sanitary napkins. These napkins will help make the menstrual cycle for rural girls an empowering experience. A young woman will no longer have to miss school because she was on her period. A young girl will also not have to use unsanitary, uncomfortable (in extreme cases dry ash or leaves) methods during menstruation. Period.
As the great Dr. Natasha Conklin said, “W.E. may be thought of as breaking taboo today, but W.E. will be revolutionaries tomorrow“. #MenstrualMan Arunachalam Muruganantham did the unthinkable, but he found a way to make sanitary napkins available to women in India. The question is, are we silent because we are afraid, or are we silent because it is easier to sit on the sidelines, do nothing and get no backlash?
Break the #MenstrualSilence and start having conversations about #MenstrualHygiene, because #menstruation affects everyone. #MenstrualHygieneDay is May 28, 2014.


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