One school has recently found itself in very hot water after the headteacher decided that the girls couldn't call in sick if they had their periods.
Shocking, we know. Read on to find out more...
Let's talk about periods!
via: Getty ImagesThis may repulse some people who can't handle reading anything about the inner workings of a female, but do me a favor and grow up.
Periods are natural.
via: Getty ImagesSome people seem to think that the menstrual cycle is some sort of taboo subject that needs to be avoided at all costs, but I'm here to remind you that it's not. It's a natural part of the female routine.
What actually happens?In a simple explanation, the cycle involves the removal of an unfertilized egg with the lining of the womb. That's literally it. There's nothing repulsive about it.
So why is it considered such a taboo subject?We find it hard to talk about it openly because society has always stigmatized it. Even to this day, my mom will whisper the word "period" around my brothers like it's some secret that they have no idea about. Clearly, she's never sat through an awkward science lesson in middle school. Yikes.
Even though times are changing, some cultures aren't...
via: Getty ImagesIn India and other parts of Asia, the idea that a woman can be on her period seems to be too hard to accept. Girls as young as eleven have been shunned while on their period in a "cleansing custom."
What is the "cleansing custom"?
via: Getty ImagesThis is when a woman is typically removed from her household and placed into a hut, or a shack, where she will reside while she is menstruating. That's right. She is physically removed from society and put into isolation because she is deemed "dirty" if her body is in the natural process of removing an unfertilized egg.