Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the fourth instalment of Period Positivity. This week’s champion is Emma from Emmaetc. Emma is a book and fashion blogger from New Zealand who takes the most satisfying images on the internet. Seriously, you have to check out her Instagram when you have a moment. When In need of reading inspiration I always pop over to Emma’s corner of the internet to see what she’s reading.Well, that’s enough from me, over to you Emma.
Period Positivity with Emma Gordon
We all know the feeling of being embarrassed by our period. Clutching our tampon in our fists as we scatter off to the bathroom, tucking a pad in our pocket. It’s even obvious in the way a woman’s menstrual cycle is described in elusive ways such as ‘shark week’, ‘surfing the crimson wave’, ‘Aunt Flo has visited’, and the humble ‘time of the month’. And while keeping our periods on the down low can be humorous, it’s also a question of feminism.
Sometimes I cringe at the period clichés that crop up everywhere – you know how it goes – girls going crazy for chocolate, being overemotional and overreacting, being scarily angry and passive aggressive. While these clichés are certainly true a good amount of the time, it’s the way men (and women alike) portray a girl on her period as being moany, angry and bitchy. My thinking is along the same lines as the logic of women being called bossy, shrill and bitches, and men not. I myself admit the PMS can hit hard at times – take my word for it – I’m emotional, have to take painkillers for my cramps, will spend all day in bed just because I can (clichés are actually true!), but I’m kind of over all this fuss and exaggeration over something that happens to half of the population on a regular basis.
I used to, and still do, hide the fact I’m on my period because somehow it’s seen as gross, messy, unladylike (the irony!), in bad taste, to chat about it and normalise vaginal functions. I think we’re doing better as a society in doing just that, but I still feel there’s way more to be done. I’m aware this could be seen as a ‘first world problem’, but looking at the Westernised world in its own context, it’s time to start talking about vaginas, folks!
There’s a lot to say about this topic and those are just some of my brief thoughts. I think the main thing is that we need to be positive about our menstrual cycle, keep having discussions, and try as hard as we can to stop being stereotypical (now that’s a challenge!).
Thank you so much, Emma, for your insightful and honest views and Periods. Here’s a little challenge for you guys; instead of beating around the bush, next time you ‘re on your period use the word period and fight that stigma.
If you’re interested in taking part in this project, feel free to DM me on Twitter or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s make periods popular.
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