Having the painters in, shark week, that time of the month, … Women, and men, have invented hundreds of euphemisms to avoid openly discussing periods. The correct thing would be to say that women menstruate or bleed. But we have already learned that ‘feminine’ blood is considered more offensive than that of a man. With this attitude being perpetually taught and further ingrained in society, it makes sense that some people are so bothered by periods they’ve been eradicated from movies, series and books. However, we still can see viscera on the big screen with each Tarantino premiere.
Are we really inferior because of menstruation? The truth is that menstruation continues to be used against females, and is widely understood as a symbol of weakness. Not in vain, one of the most widespread ‘socially acceptable’ terms is “being sick”, as if it were a disease.
There are cases in which it is. It is called endometriosis and affects between 10% and 20% of fertile women. Those who suffer it take an average of seven years to be diagnosed. During that time they have to face uncertainty and ridicule. And why do they take so long to diagnose us? Because it is a disease that only women suffer, I would say. Some of the victims, such as Lena Dunham, Susan Sarandon and Hillary Clinton, have begun to say it in public, knowing that we will only be able to normalise it by talking about it.
We have grown up having nightmares about that little spot on our pants, and dying from embarrassment if we drop a tampon from our bag at work. Now we have to face the fears and complexes that we have inherited. Ladies, even if it stirs some disgusted looks, you can say when your period has come and not be polite about it.
This is our new period.