Weekly discussion takes taboo subject
Menstruation is a natural and healthy occurrence in women, but many people find the topic to be distasteful and often try to avoid it all together.
This became the topic of discussion during the Women’s Resource Center’s weekly “Gender Talk” meeting Wednesday afternoon.
The discussion focused on how many women are unaware of the dangers associated with menstruation products and natural alternatives for these products.
“Menstruation is seen as such a taboo topic so I think women don’t know a lot about the alternatives,” said Beverly McPhail, director of the Women’s Resource Center.
“I think it would be good to educate women on the benefits and disadvantages of all different products.”
Many of the students had been unaware of these products and were fascinated at the positive aspects of more natural selections.
“I would love to learn more about the new products and any other options,” said public relations senior Arelis Bravo.
The WRC director feels that not only do women need to be more educated on the subject, but men should have a better knowledge of it as well.
“Men need to be more comfortable with it because it’s a natural part of life,” McPhail said.
“I think they are more scared of it because they aren’t educated enough about it.”
Since menstruation is occurring earlier for girls, Bravo believes that this sort of education should be given sooner.
“I’m sure a lot of girls are having their period before they get that talk and don’t know what to expect,” Bravo said. “I also think guys need to be present for that talk as well.”
McPhail said that menstruation should be a reason for women to celebrate their bodies.
“Women need to be more comfortable with their bodies,” McPhail said. “We need to make menstruation a normal and happy part of our lives.”
During the meeting, everyone was able to voice their opinion on the subject with their peers.
According to Bravo, the “Gender Talk” sessions are always comfortable and laid back.
“It’s really open,” Bravo said. “I have never felt my opinion would be shamed or anything. I feel like everyone can be open and everyone is really friendly. It’s a cool little environment.”