Here’s what the mainstream period-positive movement should do to become more inclusive and less oppressive:
- Include People Who Are Trans and/or Non-Binary
Often, menstruation is equated with femininity and womanhood.
When we’re taught sex education and biology in school, we are told that menstruation is something that cis women – and only cis women – experience.
The packaging of menstrual products like tampons and pads target women by using stereotypical ideas of what appeals to women – which is, apparently, flowers, hearts, and a lot of pink. Advertisements of menstrual products also only ever depict feminine-presenting, gender-conforming cis women as menstruating.
Menstruation is portrayed as a “woman’s issue” in the most cissexist way possible.
- Don’t Shame Those Who Are Triggered By Menstruation
I’ve had numerous miscarriages, and I suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Because of this, the sight of vaginal blood can be pretty triggering for me.
(ht/ Weasel Zippers)