Likewise I would be interested to ask people when they first realised periods were dirty and something to be ashamed of. The first time you asked your mother what those cotton tubes were in the bathroom and she obfuscated about privacy and personal hygiene (quit going through your mother's stuff!). Or that PSHE class in which the boys were asked to leave the room (allegedly to discuss nocturnal emissions but none of the boys I know recall this lesson. They might be lying) before your teacher handed out free samples of pillow-like sanitary towels and extra skinny applicator tampons whilst announcing you would have to be extra conscious of the direction in which youwiped. Maybe you witnessed a leaking incident and saw everybody recoil in horror at the menses slowly spreading across the white jeans of an over-confident rollerblader. Maybe you were that over-confident rollerblader haemorrhaging through your new white jeans out testing your new skates on boxing day morn...
According toClaire Cohen in the Telegraph's Wonder Women section, all this is slowly changing. "...this week, I heard about a growing trend on YouTube. You've heard of beauty vloggers? Well, these are period vloggers (ploggers?) Girls in their mid teens are taking to the internet to pass on their period wisdom. And it's bloody great."
Maybe you witnessed a leaking incident and saw everybody recoil in horror at the menses slowly spreading across the white jeans of an over-confident rollerblader.
Can you spot the ongoing theme there? While we can vlog (or plog) about periods we cannot, it seems, go public with our periods. Particularly not to boys. Cohen notes a teenager's comment on one of the videos: âFor the last 2 months I have had to ask my dad to get me pads, it sucks because he won't be seen in the store with a bunch of pads".
Cohen writes: "...boys aren't part of the conversation. Ilikeweylie says; "If you're a guy get out of my video". While user Don'tBeaSadPanda agrees; "If you're a guy and you watch this, I will fight you in the street"."
How can we create a safe space for those who menstruate or anticipate menstruation whilst shedding (like a uterus) the mystery that causes the 'ews' and refusals to buy tampons etc from men? Surely an online video - with moderation on comments - is one of the few ways in which we can invite males into the conversation and no one will fall under the misconception that menstruation is something to hide.