To most, especially men, or the boy child- this post will at most be skipped, ommitted- just because of it’s tittle, which definitely hold the word ‘Menstruation’ in it, but why?
Just before we proceed to (I barely know where), just know that as I pen down this all, I challenged myself into thinking; I was born of and by a woman, I have a Sister/sisters, was raised around female relatives(Aunties, grandmothers, sisters, nieces…), yet still surrounded by more females than males, yes(check the population statistics), and wait! Did you know that there is a likely possibility that a boy child into a man will at one time own a daughter?
Menstruation is a subject still mentioned with utmost silence. Though closer to sex, it is rather ignored for the embrace of sex(even when most humans barely understand how the science sex even works) strange!
Did you know that the thought and odd attitude towards Menstruation and Menstrual Cycle, period and Blood dates over 500 millions years ago?! Yes, with weird, brutal segregative acts around it faced by the girl child and women at large!
For instance; When a New Guinea tribesman found his wife lying on a blanket at the time of her menstruation, he divorced her, but when he continued to feel her evil influence, he could then kill her with an axe. It was a sanctioned behavior, based on a belief central to his culture: Any contact a man had with menstrual blood -or even with a menstruating woman – would, as one anthropologist put it, ”corrupt his vital juices, permanently dull his wits and eventually lead to slow death.”
Another past study by UNICEF reveals that 48℅ of girls in Iran and 10℅ in India believe how Menstruation is a disease, while in Africa 1 out of 10 girls will drop out of school because they cannot afford a sanitary towel.
Am joined by a team of youth, mainly young men- to delve into the matter of Menstrual health; How much do we know?, how do we find this matter?, how is it perceived amongst society? The stigma around it, Can guys help our a girl child?, how so?, the view of sanitary pads.