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Repeat After Me: V-A-G-I-N-A

I believe that the vagina, and discussion of it, has been repressed and penalized for far too long. I remember a boy called me a "vagina" at primary school, so I went home to ask my family what it meant. Nobody educated me on the fact that this was a sexist remark but instead I was silenced for uttering a taboo word.
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Putting The 'Men' In Menstruation

Menstruation is a natural process that is spoken about in hushed tones by girls and women as a "female issue"--after all, they dare not disgust or offend men. Negative attitudes surrounding periods are therefore relational to the opposite sex. With men occupying positions of power in society -- politically, economically and socially -- one of the steps to improving the menstrual experience of women means involving men in the debate.

Why We Need to Question the 'Religion' Behind Menstrual Taboos

For a long time, menstruation has been regarded as impure and unclean in various religions, resulting in "rules" that bar women from entering places of worship during their time of the month. What's more shocking is that many of these practices continue today, reflecting the age-old clash between religion and gender equality.

Women Bleed, Not Goddesses

Social taboos on menstruation cannot be defended with the eyewash of respect. Pedestals have never helped us in any way. All they have done is promote discriminations and disparities. Negative or positive, a larger-than-life interpretation of menstruation does not help women in any way. In my opinion, these glorifications are almost as dangerous as the taboos they are supposed to counter.
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Think It's Just India? Menstrual Taboos Stain The West Too

Avoiding disgusting and embarrassing men, keeping purchases of sanitary products secret, and lack of discussion are all commonplace in wider British society. This bleak reality, which affects both the physical and mental well-being of women and girls everywhere, presents a unique opportunity on which we can unify. This is not limited to educating girls and women about menstruation. The stigma must be removed in the minds of both women and men, whose sensibilities some women are conditioned to appease.
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Why I Ran The London Marathon During My Period And Didn't Wear A Pad Or Tampon

I got my flow the night before the London Marathon and it was extremely painful. I went through my options. Running 26.2 miles (42.1km) with a wad of cotton material wedged between my legs just seemed so absurd. Plus they say chafing can be a real problem. I could definitely choose to participate in this norm at the expense of my own comfort and just deal with it quietly. But then I thought...