5. Anyone fancy a Danish (expression for menstruation)?
In Denmark, a commonly used euphemism for having your period is ‘Der Er Kommunister i Lysthuset‘ (which translates to: ‘There Are Communists in the Funhouse’).
Also, worthy of note: In South Africa, a commonly used euphemism for having your period is ‘Granny’s stuck in traffic.’
6. It’s not as taboo as you think!
The word taboo comes from the Polyneisain tapua, and means both ‘sacred’ and ‘menstruation.’ The English word ‘period’ to describe menstruation dates from at least 1822 and means an ‘interval of time’ or a ‘repeated cycle of events.’
7. Menstruation is not brain surgery
In 1896, Johnson & Johnson sold the very-first disposable pad, Lister’s Towels (named after Joseph Lister, a UK surgeon and advocate for sterile surgery). The original disposable pads were attached with safety pins to elastic belts worn around the waist.
8. It’s not fair, period.
There’s no shame in talking about your period any more for most girls and women in Australia. But for some adolescent girls in developing countries, getting your period is a whole other story.
In countries like Uganda, many girls miss school when they get their period – one in ten drop out altogether simply because their schools lack safe and private toilets and they don't have access to affordable feminine hygiene products. Plan is educating girls and providing access to affordable, reusable pads so they can continue their education.
Periods shouldn’t create a barrier for girls going to school.
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