Every month I bleed, and somehow I can't talk about this publicly. It's time to change the game.
I have my things and other taboos
Which menstruating person has never hidden a tampon when going to the restroom?
Either inside a purse or in other tactical places, you know what I am talking about.
There are some terrible misconceptions attached to hiding a tampon; it almost feels like something illegal, like some sort of weapon or drug that nobody can see.
Of course, when I hide a tampon, I don't think about what I’m doing: I simply do it.
And that is the problem.
It's not only a period product that I’m hiding: it's who I am during these days, months, and years.
The shame attached to what was initially conceived to solve my period becomes the problem itself.
Stigma is not only present in many men and women. The same companies producing sanitary pads still advertise their products by substituting blood with blue liquid.
Are we smurfs?
Bodyform, one of the U.K.'s leading intimate care product brands, was the first to change the narrative by advertising blood-like liquid and portraying the discomfort that menstruating people go through in their ads.
However, we still have a long way to go, and the language we use is proof.
Who hasn't heard or said these sentences:
"Why are you so nervous? Are you on your period?"
“Do you have your things?"