4 ways to make your menstrual period more inclusive

4 ways to make your menstrual period more inclusive

Here’s what the mainstream period-positive movement should do to become more inclusive and less oppressive:

  1. 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.

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  1. 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)

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