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How can we destigmatize periods without stepping on cultural practices?
Verified by Dr. Staci Tanouye, MD FACOG, OB/GYN
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Although cultural practices are super traditional and important for some, it's important that, as the world continues to expand and grow, we critically examine why certain practices have been maintained. Breaking cultural taboos surrounding periods and menstruation is essential to achieving equality for women and all menstruators. Malala Yousafzai is known for questioning the cultural relevance of certain practices in Pakistan. At a UN International Women's Day she said: "cultural taboos are also bitterly affecting girls, and that's because the society is not giving equal status to girls and boys." According to the Global Women's Institute, "violence against women and girls, also referred to as gender-based violence, is one of the most pervasive and underreported human rights violations in the world." Although not all women menstruate and not all women are menstruators, all menstruators include discrimination based on their biological processes which is commonly associated with gender. Gender-based violence includes the denial of resources, services, and opportunities with the purpose of controlling or subjugating a person. Stigma is one aspect of periods that is very repressive. The biggest thing that we can do is to talk about it. Talk about periods openly, and honestly and start changing the global culture around them. If we get more people thinking critically about stigma then we can create shifts in subcultures.
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