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Taapsee Pannu is one celebrity who is not afraid to speak up for causes she holds dear. This time she has spoken against the taboo surrounding menstruation.
Our country almost has its presence on Mars and the Moon, yet in the minds of people, certain natural things like ‘menstruation’ are a taboo even today!
Though it is a natural process, menstruation continues to be associated with many myths. Women in many parts of the country still do not know enough about safe and healthy management of periods.
Many celebrities from around the country have previously taken part in challenges in connection with menstruation like the Padman Challenge. Now it’s the young and charming Actor Taapsee Pannu who has come out with her stand on this subject.
Taapsee has never failed to wow her fans with her bold statements and views. Recently, in an interview to Mumbai Mirror, she revealed that she is about to work with a Mumbai-based NGO that works in this space.
This NGO was in the limelight some time ago when Meghan Markle also worked with it (Note: The interview did not name the organisation, but given the mention of Meghan Markle, it is presumably the Myna Mahila Foundation which was a recipient of funds at the royal wedding).
Taapsee with this NGO will impart menstrual education to women around the country which is a very positive move.
“Even in a regular middle-class household in Mumbai and Delhi, periods are discussed using furtive gestures and awkward eye contact,” Taapsee said in the interview. As far as the issue is concerned, it is important to address it in big cities before moving to smaller cities and towns across India, she added.
She also pointed out the necessity of educating children about the menstrual cycle before adolescence hits them. She said, “There’s a chapter about menstruation in biology, but by the time you deal with it, you have already heard about it from sources in a weird way, and you’re hushing the topic and getting awkward in the class. The first step should be to talk about it, as a regular period determines the health of a female. It is because we don’t talk about it, a lot of health hazards are not addressed.”
Taapsee added, “Having periods is common to Meghan Markle, me and every other woman in the world. With great power comes great responsibility, and if people like her contribute and support this kind of initiative, it widens its reach, as she is in a power position.”
Menstruation is something that makes a woman stronger, it is something that happens within, which gives more power to us! Instead of falling prey to myths, we need to realise that this is a biological process.
More power to women like Taapsee who are using their fame to come forward to create such a discourse!
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