Recently, there were two events that got me thinking about The Thing We Never Talk About.
There was this Instagram scandal, where photographer Rupi Kaur's photo of a woman who had a certain type of stain on her sweatpants was deleted for violating community guidelines. The other thing that happened was that Dear Kate, a brand I love and respect, published the "First Time" film – a video with women sharing experiences of their "first time".
First time getting their periods, that is.
This photo and this video got me thinking about how taboo the topic of a gal and her period still is. I'm even hesitant to talk about it myself, right now, on a blog where I've covered depression and frustration, anxiety, insecurity, and body image.
This is the The Thing We Never Talk About.
Despite how far we've come as ladies, feminists, women, we still completely avoid the topic of anything to do with a girl and her period.
But for most of our lives, it happens every month. It's the most natural thing in the world, and it's also really not a big deal. Without this one thing – The Thing We Never Talk About – there would be no reproduction, no nothing.
I'm not proposing that our periods become part of a regular conversation. I don't necessarily fantastize about a world where we share period horror stories over dinner.
But I do fantasize about a time, hopefully pretty soon, where we're not so afraid of talking about it. After all, it's such a big part of our lives, but it's still unaccepted and relatively ignored by society.
I'll admit that I'm still a little uncomfortable talking about it, because that's what we've all been taught. It's an icky, weird thing that you don't discuss, unless you're around either a doctor or women you know. Well.
But remember this: There's strength in discussing the taboo; power in confronting the unsaid.
Even when it's as something as basic and everyday as your period. It represents something so much bigger.