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Why are there women obsessed with menstruation and do workshops, plays, photos and documentaries?

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Are there women obsessed with menstruation or are they committed to normalizing it? I really think that is the latter case. And questions like this reaffirm me that efforts to normalize menstruation are completely necessary.

Half of the world's population are women and on average, we have approximately 450 menstrual cycles throughout our lives. On average, the monthly cycles last 5 days, which means that we spend 2,250 menstruation days throughout our lives. MORE THAN SIX YEARS Therefore, it seems to me very reasonable that some women want to talk and educate about menstruation and even use it as a theme in their art.

It is a very important issue, both in the developed world where it remains a taboo and in developing countries where some girls can not attend their classes for one week each month because they do not have access to feminine hygiene products.

Thanks to these women "obsessed" with menstruation, maybe the next generation of girls will be able to attend school every day and they will not be ashamed when they have to take out a feminine towel or a tampon from their backpacks. Hopefully they do not have to hide the tampons in the sleeves of their shirts or deal with teachers who do not allow them to go to the bathroom when they ask for it as we have had to do. Who knows? Maybe they will even feel comfortable telling their parents and siblings when they do not feel well.

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Because part of overcoming menstruation is to naturalize it. Even in 'first world' countries men believe that women 'suffer', that 'we suffer' from menstruation, and not that it is a period of lucidity, mental and sexual lucidity. And that contains stem cells.

Hiding it, omitting it or not mentioning it to children, using certain euphemisms have contributed to having a negative, "dirty" or disgusting view of it, to the degree of holding or excluding girls and women when they have it. There are cultures, in which it is even believed that the menstruating woman can sour the food if she touches it, prepares it or that she calls the bad omen if she touches the boats. So the degree of ignorance about menstruation.

Talking about it naturally, demystifying it, takes away its hermetic character. Talking about menstruation naturally is not only necessary, it is important. Our blood is clean, the only dirty blood is what men shed, in their wars.

And we will continue to do it, however 'obsessed' we may seem to you :)
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It is tried to mention the menstruation to normalize it.

It has been considered (and still is for many people) a taboo. The most direct way to normalize it is by talking about it without half measures or exposing it in the form of art, for example.

We have to deal with it every month, it's as natural as breathing, and trying to skip it and not mentioning it is like ignoring an elephant in a room.
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There are different degrees of ignorance in this of menstruation:

  • In many areas girls are not even informed of what is or what changes have to happen. Consequently, apart from finding out about third parties who know how to tell it, they do not know what may not be normal with respect to the first menses.
  • Others who have much more luck in this access to good information by their family, still have to face numerous cultural taboos, sayings, sayings and a whole host of subliminal messages that convey the idea that menstruation is something dirty and that the normal thing is that it hurts.
  • Medicine almost justifies this message that women are destined to suffer pain by defending that traditionally women had many pregnancies and lactations with which the number of menses was lower. Apart from the fact that the argument has its fissures it is important to remember that there are environmental conditions that are influencing the increase of diseases linked to menstruation, such as endometriosis.
  • The discomfort suffered by many women with abundant or painful periods in jobs, institutes, etc.
  • Advertising that reinforces the fear of rejection by insisting on the smell, for example. In fact, many compresses, etc, carry very strong chemicals that give off a smell that is hypocritically called deodorant.
  • The importance of adequately treating the menstrual disorders of mature women, and giving them adequate information so that they lead a healthy menopause.
  • Menstruation in women athletes and how it influences their performance.
  • The beneficial qualities of a non-painful menstruation in a healthy woman.

And all this is not possible if we can not talk openly about menstruation.

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