India is believed to be one among those countries where talking about menstruation is also considered to be a taboo. Despite of the society turning to be modern, we still do find people and families around us who tag the time of menstruation as impure.
This is not the end. We do have individuals who even prefer to treat the women in a really bad manner when she is in her periods. But today despite of having such people who are surrounded by us in the society, we do have people who consider periods to be a natural part of life considering it to be a gift of God. And these are individuals who are our favourite Bollywood Actresses, who have also been a part of this pain and don’t complain when their periods are on.
Given below are the list of those Bollywood Actresses, who took an extreme step in breaking the stereotypes and openly discussing about menstrual cycles. All the girls out there this blog is also dedicated to you.
While attending one of the events in Lucknow, and was called ‘Celebrating Menstrual Hygiene for all Girls, for all Women’, the actress did not hesitate to praise all those girls who considered their cycles to be healthy and hygiene. The actress even said that she would like to see something like this that is being openly discussed on media, websites and not in the closed doors. She also said that God is the one who created it so periods are a natural process. So how can anyone say that women are impure during their cycles? I as an actress have a 30 schedule in a month and we don’t stop working instead use the right product when required. So why a girl or a women should during their cycles be considered as dirty or impure.
During one of the Press Conferences that was held for the sanitary napkins, the actress came forward and broke the taboo while responding to an misinformed journalist who was embarrassed to ask the actress about her periods. He actually referred it to as a problem to which the actress immediately responded like this, “It’s a shame that men are still not aware about the term periods.” It’s really a shame that men call it to be a problem. She also added that as a women you need to come forward and talk about it, you cannot be shy about it. She even added that 2017 is something like this where we are openly talking about it.
Even Alia Bhatt like the other actress has a lot of concern about women who even today are restricted in several ways when they are in their periods. While in a talk with a leading daily, the actress confessed her concerns. She said that my major concern even today is for the girls who are not allowed to entire shrines when in periods. There should be no terms and conditions during this time. How can a women be considered to be asudh when they are in their cycles. This is something really very ridiculous. Don’t these individuals know why we bleed? Don’t they know that it’s a sign that we have a capacity to give birth to another life? Not allowing the women enter into the temples during this specific period of time really makes me angry. This is absurd as it’s the nature rule. There is nothing wrong with the girls. It’s just the thought of a society that we actually need to change.
Padman, which is an upcoming Bollywood film, is movie that revolves around the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a man who invents and brings out a machine that makes low-cost sanitary napkins. This is a movie that is produced by one of the well-known Bollywood actress Twinkle Khanna. She is also one among an actress who feel that the Taboo surrounding our society should come to an end, and this is why she has decided to come up with the movie called Padman. During an Interview with Times of India, the actress said that, “Cycles is one of the subject that I believe in. It is a subject that I have been writing more about. Menstrual cycles are considered to be a taboo not just in our society but all over the world. It’s something that is never discussed openly and I really don’t find a logic behind it. It’s a biological function so why should someone feel ashamed about it. This is something that I am trying to bring out in my film.
Close to the International Day of Girl Child Celebrations, the actresses has recounted experience from her school days. She said she wants to finish the concept of shame that women feel during their periods. She does not wish periods to be the major reason for skipping their schools, bunk classes, stop playing sports, and to just sit at home alone doing nothing. Periods are not a crime nor are they a taboo. It’s a concept that can even today be discussed on a dining table.
Shraddha spoke about one of her experiences that she had when she was in school. Very casually she shared her memory of teasing the guys when she was in periods. I remember that I did not openly come forward and speak about it because that’s how the guys come forward and condition you. But yes I enjoyed teasing the guys in the school. I made it a point to tell them that I am in my periods as they began to feel shy and coy which I really loved it. They have even turned out and reacted how you as a girl can even say that. To which I use to say like how I say the other things. The reactions of these boys then use to turn out to be really very entertaining.
Hats off to you ladies. We hope your efforts bring a change in the society.