“Yes she bleeds for those five days
When you continuously overrule her”
“Yes she is in pain
When you disrespect her”
“Yes she stands strong in the crowd
When you blame her over everything”
“The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world”.
The word “Menstruation” brings a sense of insecurity among women and girls. The fourteen year old girl, unaware of the blood stain, scared of going out, meeting people, touching things, thinking ten times before she sits somewhere… this was the way she’s been raised.
This made me confused and overwhelmed about all the wrong concepts and believes that our culture has. And made me wonder does everyone take everything we’re told in granted or some of us are different? It’s the allegory of the cave which often speaks of ignorance towards humanity which is trapped in the conventional ethics formed by our dear society.
Did you know about the Ambubachi mela, an annual Hindu mela held at Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam?
It is the celebration of the yearly menstruation course of Goddess Kamakhya. People believe that the presiding Goddess of the temple, Devi Kamakhya, the Mother Shakti, goes through her annual cycle of menstruation during this time stretch. And that during the monsoon rains the creative and nurturing power of the ‘menses’ of Mother Earth becomes accessible to devotees at this site during the mela.
Yet, we can find these menstruation-related traditions in many religions like Islam. Which prohibits sexual contact with women during menstruation.
In Hinduism, women are traditionally considered ritually impure and been given strict rules to follow. During menstruation, they are not allowed to “enter the kitchen and temples”, wear flowers, have sex, and touch other males or females.
It is quite obvious that women are considered incomplete until they experience the pride of motherhood. Can you believe in the amazing gift that God has given her, the deputy to bring life and sustain it on this planet?
Menstruation alongside with sex education are both taught in Western countries schools although girls may prefer their mothers to be the primary source of information about menstruation and puberty.
Many women experience painful cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea, during menstruation and most of them experience emotional disturbances starting one or two weeks before their period, and stopping soon after the period has started. Symptoms may include mental tension, irritability, mood swings, and crying spells. Problems with concentration and memory may occur. Furthermore depression or anxiety may be diagnosed.
Do you know how menstruation evolve in women?
In most mammals, the placenta, which is part of the fetus, just interfaces with the surface of the mother’s blood vessels, allowing nutrients to cross to the little darling. Marsupials don’t even let their fetuses get to the blood: they merely secrete a sort of milk through the uterine wall. Only a few mammalian groups, including primates and mice, have evolved what is known as a “hemochorial” placenta, and ours is possibly the nastiest of all. Most female mammals have an estrous cycle, yet only ten primate species, four bat species, the elephant shrew and the spiny mouse have a menstrual cycle. The lack of immediate relationship between these groups suggests that four distinct evolutionary events have caused menstruation to arise.
Moreover in rural areas, women still can’t get the most decent commercial feminine hygiene products.
Did you know in 2019 The Scottish government have begun providing free sanitary products for poorer students at schools, hoping that this will be rolled out across the entire nation?
As considering the responsibility over individual we can’t wait for the government and other legal authorities to make a change. It‘s up to us only to make the change happens, who can fix this wrong way of thinking to improve the society and their attitude towards women.
Did you know there are 134, 00000 girls are diagnosed with Cervical Cancer and 72,000 females are killed every Year due to Cervical Cancer.
We here at Crowdera indeed support Maya Vishwakarma and many other women to have cloth free periods.
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