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What an excellent article. There is no better time to begin discussing and normalising the subject of menstruation than right now, the 21st century! Even as an American girl with all of my rights and freedoms, menstruation still often felt like a dark secret, something not meant to be discussed unless making disparaging jokes about it with friends, something embarrassing and unmentionable and even repulsive especially to boyfriends and male relatives. But now that I've been dealing with it for a decade and a half, I realise that half of the world's population also struggles with this inevitable event, and often in much less liberal, safe, or clean environments than my own. So why is it so taboo? Women need support! Menstruation is not our fault, not something we choose, and definitely not something sinful; but it's something we all go through and all need to be strong enough to handle. So I completely agree that we should start talking with girls and boys, men and women, about this normal biological process that nearly every woman in any of our lives has experienced. In place of secrecy, knowledge; in place of shame, understanding. And above all, I like your idea of sharing chocolates :)
Thank you for daring to speak up about this subject. Best of luck to us all as we begin the challenge of normalising it in our homes.
P.S. I think it's so cool that Kamakhya devi is a menstruating goddess who is still respected and worshipped. Girl power!
I agree 100% with you that love is the most beautiful feeling in the world. If more people felt this love and let themselves be happy with it, I think the world would be a much better place. You were so unbelievably brave to say no to your parents and yes to your heart; generations of cultural tradition and your own family's expectations that you would be a good daughter made this an almost impossible feat. And yet you realised you had the right to your own happiness, and you fought for it. This is so crucial not just for you but also for so many women for whom you have opened the door to follow in your footsteps in the future. I am so proud of you and in awe of you. I wish you and your husband an infinitely happy future together, surrounded by a loving and supporting family on both sides.
All the best,
Super ! Merci bien pour l'explication que j'avais pas tout a fait comprise. Et felicitations pour la plantation des 3000 petits arbres. C'est vraiment formidable.
A la prochaine,