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Fu Yuanhui brings periods into the limelight at RIO, speaking about swimming during periods, and breaking the taboo on menstruation.
From running marathons to posting menstruation related Facebook posts, the so called taboo topic – periods is no longer unspeakable. We see positive conversations happening around the topic in a healthy way. And quite recently the discussion happened in Olympics ground too with Fu Yuanhui, a Chinese swimmer talking about it openly.
Her team came fourth in the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay. A disappointed Fu Yuanhui commented, “I feel I didn’t swim well today. I let my teammates down” and added further, “It is because my period came yesterday, and I felt weak, but this is not an excuse.”
And just like that she not only brought the topic out in open but also made people aware that swimming during periods was okay! Her comments made many realize that swimming during periods is perfectly safe and hygienic.
It also made people sit up and notice that using tampons was a safe way to swim. A tampon absorbs the blood flow and avoids blood leakage into the swimming pool.
Tampons have long been avoided by the Chinese women due to lack of awareness about the the product and the added fear of breaking the hymen and losing proof of their virginity. In fact, as this article testifies – women are routinely told to use tampons only after marriage, even though they can be so much more convenient.
Fu Yuanhui’s speech would have hopefully banished this fear. Her pragmatic comments have won her appreciation all over the world with many bloggers praising her frank and positive attitude.
Watch her speak in this video.
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My house-help asked excitedly, “I am going for wedding. Can you let me wear your red & black saree? To be honest I was stumped for a moment; I didn’t know what to say but I still said yes.
I lent a gorgeous saree to my house-help for a wedding in her family. Soon I stated getting questions if I would wear that saree again or if I was okay to be seen wearing the same saree my house-help was wearing?
We are all so conditioned to give our used clothes to our house-helps but are we okay to wear the clothes they were wearing?
A few days ago she came excitedly to me, “I am going for a family wedding. I want to wear your red & black saree, Ill wash and give it to you after the function. Please can you let me wear it?”
Beauty is a very clever, very evil capitalist tool. It traps those who have it into hanging on to it for dear life and those who don't into mutilating, torturing themselves to achieve the unachievable.
I recently wrote a piece about MP Shashi Tharoor’s tweet in which he had shared a pic with six women parliamentarians tagging them and saying “Who says the Lok Sabha isn’t an attractive place to work?”
There was a rash of comments on the post shared on Instagram, which ranged from “chill, it’s just a compliment” and “stop overthinking compliments”, to (worried) men lamenting about “these feminazi”.
Here’s my answer to all those comments.
PraveenLata Sansthan held an event to bust myths related to menstruation in a village near Jaipur. Two European girls attended it. This is their experience.
PraveenLata Sansthan held an event to bust myths related to menstruation in a village near Jaipur. Two European girls also attended it. This is their experience.
As many as 500 women attended an event conducted by PraveenLata Sansthan through the Spotless Dame’s Program. The event was held on Sunday, November 17, at Laxminarayanpura, a little village, to the north of Jaipur. Each woman who attended the event was given a pack of four pads, usable for the next five years.
My friend Gaby, from Netherlands, and I, Sonia, from France, attended the event. It was the first time either of us were a part of something like this.
Period taboos need to be demolished, and we should talk about it openly with even the men in the family - here's why.
Period taboos need to be demolished, and we should talk about it openly with even the men in the family – here’s why.
Recently, we were traveling abroad as a family, and on one such day my daughter had a heavy flow on her first day of her period. We had gone out that day, and she was feeling uncomfortable with the heavy flow. She conveyed the same to all of us – me, her father and elder brother.
My husband immediately cut short the rest of the day’s sightseeing, and we returned to the hotel. My husband assured her that nothing mattered more than her comfort.