This weeks blog post is dedicated to my period and every other period out there.
Periods are honestly one of the worst things. I get bloated, I’m in so much pain from cramps, I cry at any baby, puppy, cat, or how comfy I am in bed, and all I want is pizza and sex ALL THE TIME. I also get extreme low back pain to the point where I can’t stand up straight. Somehow I’m expected to cope with all the above and still function normally in society.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, do you know how fucking expensive tampons and pads are? Sometimes I have to debate between eating for a week and bleeding everywhere or buying tampons and starving.
One time, I had just enough money for a small box of tampons, a cheap wine, and a small bucket of ice cream that I cried into.
The one saving grace I have as a woman on her period, is that all of the above is totally accepted in society. Society knows that no matter what they charge for tampons, I still need to buy them. Society knows that when I’m bloated and weeping at everything, I’m on my period and I’m expected to act that way.
What society doesn’t accept is that some periods are so fucking bad, that some women aren’t able to get up and go to work. Some women can’t afford tampons or pads. Some women in some cultures aren’t allowed to go to school when they’re on their periods. Some women can’t openly talk about their periods because it’s so stigmatized.
What society doesn’t accept, is that some MEN have periods too. Replace women with MEN in my last paragraph. Both MEN and WOMEN deal with periods.
This amazing team of three women have developed an underwear line specific for periods. In each style of underwear, there are four layers: moisture-wicking, anti-microbial, absorbent, and leak-resistant. Now depending on your flow, you might be OK to just wear the underwear or you might still need to use a tampon or pad. But with these underwear, you don’t have to stress about leaking or people knowing you are on your period.
Check out their amazing website:
Last Saturday THINX launched their boyshort style for trans men, non-binary people, or any person who doesn’t identify as a cisgender woman, as an honour to transgender awareness week.
Yesterday, Nov. 20, was Transgender Day of Remembrance. This post is also dedicated to all the trans men and women we’ve lost in the year due to violence and hate. Trans men and women are people just like you and I.
Let’s keep this open conversation about periods going and help stop the stigma surrounding women on their periods along with trans men, non-binary people, and anyone else who doesn’t identify as a cisgender woman.
I know that the trans community deals with many other issues other than periods, but with more people educated on this matter, hopefully the less trans people will have to suffer in a shitty society.