As a guy, I'm wondering about how menstrual taboos effect your (ladies) daily lives. I've worked with a lot of women over the years. I work in a public school now, and I've worked as a custodian in earlier years. I've seen "period" moments. A young secretary shamefully asks another secretary if I have the key to the pad dispenser because she started at work and didn't have any change. I've seen utter dread in women who realize they have a stain. I've seen women embarassed to pull their huge purse with them into the ladies room when they usually don't. I've seen girls whisper to other guys if her pad was showing.
I try to compare this to other embarrasing moments, yet "periods" seem to be at the top for women. One woman confided to me that wetting her pants or throwing up doesn't even compare to a period stain. I think a lot of this goes back to ancient/biblical times when all bodily fluids: mainly blood, semen, and vaginal fluid were considered filthy and impure. Women were isolated from society, and anything they touched was contaminated. Semen was also something you didn't dare get on anything except inside...
But some things have changed. Men boast of "creaming their jeans" "jackin' off" or "blowing their load." Women also talk of "creaming their panties" or "getting off" or "being soaked." But what about periods? Most women are still deathly afraid of leaking through, or showing a bulge or string. However, a lady I work with is less discreet. She had to run to the ladies room and have me cover her class, but first "have to check something." She reached in her bag, pulled out a tampon and put it in her pocket and walked to the bathroom. She wasn't too secretive, but still the tampon was hidden in her pocket, instead of carried in her hand.
So I've thought about the story behind the story, and it's the guilt or shame some/most women feel having their period, whether subconscience of it or not. Are you more open and don't care who sees/ knows you are menstruating, or is it still a real private issue? Do you find yourself worried about bulges and stains, or don't you care?
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Goodness, I ramble. Thanks for reading.