Posted by Admin / 2009-12-17 by Bee McConville
THE CURSE, rag week, the scourge of Eve, the visit from a friend, Aunt Flo, that time of the month, moon time … and so it goes on. Eskimos may well have dozens of words to describe different kinds of snow and African tribes might well have developed a vast vocabulary to describe different shades of green, but women have a hundred and one ways to describe a monthly period, or menstruation.
A generation ago, it would have even been problematical to write about such ‘women’s things’ in a mainstream newspaper, as people would have found it distasteful, uncomfortable, unpleasant and other assorted negative adjectives. However, in the twenty first century we like to think that we have moved on from such Victorian attitudes to women’s bodies, although we haven’t moved on as far as we’d like to think.
Young women are still not being told about periods by their mothers, they are still operating under some myth-fuelled mis-information, and discussing period issues with men in general is still mainly a big no-no. They might have talked non-stop about sex, pubic hair, oral sex, condoms and hairy men in Sex and the City but they sure didn’t talk non-stop about periods!