Good¬≠bye Men¬≠strual Taboo: My 3 Period High¬≠lights in 2019

by Britta
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Men¬≠stru¬≠a¬≠tion has not been an issue for the gen¬≠eral pub¬≠lic for a long time. And it prob¬≠a¬≠bly still is not really. How¬≠ever, slowly but surely some¬≠thing is chang¬≠ing and the men¬≠strual taboo is being actively addressed. Our soci¬≠ety no longer com¬≠pletely turns a blind eye to it. Per¬≠haps one or the other is already, even though shyly, look¬≠ing at the sub¬≠ject of peri¬≠ods. Because the removal of taboos and the nor¬≠mal¬≠i¬≠sa¬≠tion of men¬≠stru¬≠a¬≠tion has only just begun. It is worth tak¬≠ing a look (and maybe even par¬≠tic¬≠i¬≠pat¬≠ing!?). There is a lot to do. Because the times when we talk about men¬≠stru¬≠a¬≠tion in a bash¬≠ful and embar¬≠rass¬≠ing way are over. In the clas¬≠sic media and espe¬≠cially in the social net¬≠works, peo¬≠ple are writ¬≠ing and talk¬≠ing about men¬≠stru¬≠a¬≠tion in an increas¬≠ingly pub¬≠lic and provoca¬≠tive way. And that is a good thing!

My per¬≠sonal period high¬≠lights in 2019

In the last year a few cool things have hap¬≠pened in the area of remov¬≠ing the men¬≠strual taboo. Here is a small overview of the three best period moments in 2019: 

1. Men¬≠strual blood is red and not blue

In Aus¬≠tralia a TV com¬≠mer¬≠cial showed for the first time men¬≠strual blood not in blue but real¬≠is¬≠ti¬≠cally in red last year. And it def¬≠i¬≠nitely caused a lot of atten¬≠tion and dis¬≠gust! Per¬≠son¬≠ally, I find red more beau¬≠ti¬≠ful than blue any¬≠way. So I am really look¬≠ing for¬≠ward to see¬≠ing a lot of lovely red men¬≠strual blood in adver¬≠tise¬≠ments, media and every¬≠where else!

2. And the Oscar goes‚Ķ to a doc¬≠u¬≠men¬≠tary about menstruation!

The doc¬≠u¬≠men¬≠tary ‚ÄúPeriod. End of Sen¬≠tence‚ÄĚ won an Oscar for best doc¬≠u¬≠men¬≠tary short film! And if that‚Äôs not won¬≠der¬≠ful, then I don‚Äôt know what is. To see real life on the big screens is beau¬≠ti¬≠ful. But when a doc¬≠u¬≠men¬≠tary about such a nat¬≠ural, but often hid¬≠den topic as men¬≠stru¬≠a¬≠tion wins the most cov¬≠eted golden film award, then that‚Äôs just great.

You can watch the trailer on Youtube or the whole doc­u­men­tary on Net­flix

3. Ger­many low­ers the tax on men­strual products

Nanna-Josephine Roloff and Yasemin Kotra launched the peti¬≠tion ‚ÄėThe period is not a lux¬≠ury ‚Äď lower the tam¬≠pon tax‚Äô together and found over 190,000 sup¬≠port¬≠ers on the plat¬≠form change.org. The peti¬≠tion demands that period prod¬≠ucts be con¬≠sid¬≠ered as basic needs and be taxed at the sim¬≠pli¬≠fied VAT rate of seven per¬≠cent. The increased tax rate of 19 per¬≠cent dis¬≠crim¬≠i¬≠nates against all men¬≠stru¬≠at¬≠ing peo¬≠ple. The suc¬≠cess¬≠ful peti¬≠tion and the tire¬≠less efforts of these two men¬≠stru¬≠atal activists were well worth it. Since Jan¬≠u¬≠ary 2020, men¬≠strual prod¬≠ucts in Ger¬≠many are only taxed at seven per¬≠cent. Goodybe ‚Äėtam¬≠pon tax‚Äô.

What were your highlights?

When you think back to last year, maybe you can find of other espe¬≠cially cool period moments? Which peo¬≠ple really inspired you in 2019? Write us a mes¬≠sage and tell us about them. Because we want to meet more excit¬≠ing (men¬≠strual) peo¬≠ple and find out what moves and inspires you. May the year 2020 be full of even more won¬≠der¬≠ful men¬≠strual high¬≠lights and may we together break the men¬≠strual taboo even more!

Published at 21. January 2020
Britta Wiebe is the co-founder of Vulvani. She loves researching, writing and designing new articles or innovative educational concepts about menstruation all day long. When she is not travelling the world, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones in the beautiful city of Hamburg in Germany. Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter

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