Yea, Periods. I said it. Why don’t we call periods or menstruation by its name? Why do we need a code word to describe a phenomenon that is natural. Why should women use euphemisms to describe their biology?
Menstruation stigma is a form of misogyny. Negative taboos condition us to understand menstrual function as something to be hidden, something shameful. And by not naming a thing, we reinforce the idea that the thing should not be named.
Menstruation study finds over 5,000 slang terms for Periods – independent.co.uk
The origin of Taboo – medium.com
These articles provide great insight into menstrual taboos and euphemism and trace it back to pre-modern, pre-agricultural and even pre-language era.
It’s high time we put an end to this. Here are my thoughts on the topic…