Hello and Welcome to the second installment of Positively Periods, a series dedicated to those of us who bleed on the regular. Periods, for some reason are still seen as something to be ashamed off, to lie about. Periods are still considered ‘gross’ and ‘icky’ by the less mature of humanity. And yes, Periods are a little…messy, but that is very different from a disgusting embarassment. But I want to change this view, and thankfully so do some amazing women in the bloggesphere. Last week, you guys got to read the amazing journey of Tara from Cattitude & Co, the perfect start to the series. This week, were traveling across the world to Australia, where the fantastically amazing Tegan from Permanent Procrastination is going to share her thoughts with you about the ‘red hibernation’. So without further-ado, take it away Tegan.
We should all have each others backs by Tegan from Permanent Procrastination
I’m actually on my period as I’m writing this. Gasp! But this allows me to give even more of an insider opinion of visits from Aunt flow. I couldn’t tell you when I got mine for the first time but I knew I was excited, as we all were. We’re a woman now! Quickly that went out the door as we discovered that not only were they a literal pain but also quite a nuisance. Way to throw my life out of whack period you jerk. In school you would squelch around in pads until I made the leap to tampons. Surely everyone could see the giant pad bulging out in my school pants? What if my skirt flew up in the wind what if everyone knew! It was a constant terror.
Heaven forbid you need to use the bathroom in class. Why are you taking your bag with you? Wasn’t going to get caught with that one. Sneakily tucking a tampon or pad into your pocket so you could quickly pop to the bathrooms. I think that if I could redo it now I would pull a pad out and wave it the teachers direction, like gotta go pops. But I probably wouldn’t really. It’s hardly the teachers judgement you were avoiding. Boys are stupid so ignore that. But why should we feel embarrassed in front of other girls? They definitely have to go through the same stuff. We should all have each others backs but I’m not too sure if we do.
You can always ask me if I can spare a pad or a tampon if you need one and I’ll never make you feel embarrassed. It’s completely normal and there’s a high chance I’ll have something in my handbag to give you. You shouldn’t feel embarrassed about it but you do. I was at the beach today in a tampon and I said to my mum please let me know if the string is out at any time, and I kept checking casually. Because if it was visible I would be mortified! Like I know that it’s stupid but I would be so embarrassed. Periods are seen as something that should be secret and embarrassing. Honestly nowadays I just view my period as an inconvenience more than anything. I’m not embarrassed to talk about them online or with others. I only wish that was more of a thing.