The female anatomy is more than something to be sexualised. It’s not always pretty and pruned like a porn star’s, sometimes it does a lot of other stuff that isn’t considered traditionally “sexy”, like bleeding for example. But when talked about in a non-sexual manner, that’s when people – namely men – begin to feel uncomfortable. When the actual biology is discussed, even in a scientific manner, words such as ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus can all make a man blush. As proven by that awkward tension a woman feels between her and the male cashier in Boots as he scans her tampons unable to look her in the eye.
Despite what MP’s, particularly Conservatives, may think. Periods are not a women’s luxury; they are a significant part of life for anyone with a vagina. And yet tampons and towels are classed as luxury items. But what is so luxurious about clogging a bleeding orifice? They wouldn’t be calling it a luxury if every seat everywhere was stained red from women free bleeding all over the place. We’d soon see just how essential sanitary products really are.
It’s strange how a process that is essential in continuing the human race is such an awkward topic to talk about amongst those with penises. If it makes men feel uncomfortable to discuss the issue, then that’s their problem to deal with. We shouldn’t censor something so common because the thought of vaginal bleeding makes people squeamish. In October for example, when MP’s voted against removing the tampon tax, it seemed as if they just wanted to get it over with and Nay’d it without proper consideration. You should be freely allowed to shout across the office to your colleague “Have you got a spare tampon?” without leaving men screaming internally. Or the old trick picked up at school of having to carry your tampon up your sleeve whilst you slip away to the toilets.
Most sanitary product companies pride themselves in the marketing of their products. Such as how discrete they are, and how ‘no one will know you’re on your period’. A key selling point of many Tampax products, such as Tampax Pearl is having quiet wrappers, because someone hearing the rustle of a sanitary product being unwrapped in the toilet, albeit another woman, is supposedly seen as something to be ashamed of, when in fact it’s completely normal. They don’t even use real blood on adverts for sanitary towels, nor anything that resembles blood. Instead they use an unusual blue liquid just to make it blatantly apparent that they’re not showing you actual period, because that would be considered inappropriate, even though these products are marketed at people with vaginas who certainly aren’t squeamish when it comes to blood soaked rags.
But then again, maybe women should be taking advantage of the discomfort it brings to men and use it for example to smuggle alcohol into places such as festival arenas and other places with overpriced alcohol, where the security staff are most commonly men and frisking around your tampons are more than their jobsworth.
The only positives periods have brought us are the reassurance that we’re not pregnant, and the occasional ability to get out of P.E. We don’t enjoy having monthly blood gushing out of us, so don’t make it any more difficult than it is by shaming it. Just accept that it’s normal.