February 9, 2018

It’s been more than ten years since Arunachalam Muruganantham invented a machine to create low-cost sanitary pads in India. While he was successful in making the pads widely available, he could do little to counter the stigma and taboos that surround menstruation. Not only rural India but even people in urban metros believe in many menstruation myths. Remember, even Kangana Ranaut had to justify that getting her period was not gross and evil?

Akshay Kumar’s movie Padman has provided a much-needed fillip to start a discussion around menstruation. Here’s why we need it urgently.

1. The Problem Starts When We Don’t Have An Open Discussion With Young Girls

2. Which Creates Ridiculous Myths Like This

3. And This

4. Each Of Us Has Faced Stigma In Some Form Or The Other

5. Lack Of Communication Spreads Misinformation That Can Adversely Impact Our Health

6. And Can Also Prevent Girls From Living Their Lives Uninhibited

7. So Let’s Not Make The Debate Political

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8. And Focus On Normalizing The Discussion Around It

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9. Instead Of Shaming Girls For Bleeding

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10. We Should Teach Them That A Period ≠ Stop