Anushka Dasgupta’s Heartfelt Facebook Post On Period Stains Is An Important Message To The Society
In a Facebook post from Jan. 17, Anushka Dasgupta, a 16-year-old from Kolkata, described the reactions she received after her pants became stained while she was on her period.
“There’s nothing unusual about my evening except for the fact that multiple women walked up to me on my way home and asked me to pull my tee shirt down, most men ogled, all the kids I met didn’t notice/care,” she wrote.
Here’s her Facebook post-
I came home today at four minutes past nine after a long walk, a metro journey and a 10 minute bus ride.
There’s nothing unusual about my evening except for the fact that multiple women walked up to me on my way home and asked me to pull my tee shirt down, most men ogled, all the kids I met didn’t notice/care. I came to know why I was the centre of attention for the better part of my journey when a woman (well meaning, I’m sure) offered me a sanitary napkin. I had stained my pants.
So here I was, well past eight, standing alone at Esplanade with a massive red stain across my butt and a rather artistic red dot under the zipper of my pants.
This post is for all the women who offered to help me hide my womanhood, I AM NOT ASHAMED. I bleed every 28-35 days, it is painful at times, I get moody at times, but I walk into the kitchen and get myself some chocolate biscuits and I’m good to go for the next eight hours come hell or high water because I AM NOT ASHAMED.
This post is for all the men who ogled at me today, I AM NOT ASHAMED. Check out the big red blotch on my pants all you want, check out my butt, check out the way I move, come touch me if you dare, and I will show you that I AM NOT ASHAMED. I will take out a sanitary napkin and show you how it works while you can teach me how to pee in public (because clearly you’re not ashamed, and neither am I).
To all the children who didn’t give a damn, DO NOT BE ASHAMED. There will be many bloodstains on pants, on skirts, on bedsheets, on cushion covers, on chairs, on tables, against the wall, and on the battlefield where YOU fight the stigma by NOT BEING ASHAMED. Do not whisper when you utter the word “PERIODS”, do not subtly offer a woman a sanitary napkin, or a fresh change of clothes. ASK her if she needs one, TELL her she has stained her clothes, DO NOT HELP HER HIDE IT.
I AM NOT ASHAMED.
I AM NOT ON MY *period*.
I AM ON MY PERIOD.
“There’s an ingrained stigma that’s been instilled in us from before we even hit puberty,” she said. “There’s always a cloud of silence surrounding menstruation, and I really don’t understand why it should be so.”
Here’s the link to her original Facebook post –
Dasgupta went on to mention, “The hate has been coming mostly from women, which is weird, and a few thick-headed shits who think that my post is meant to encourage women to bleed all over public property.”
“My friends and strangers have written to me appreciating the post. The only thing I wanted to do by putting it up was to start constructive discussion around menstrual stigma, and that’s been happening.”
The Kolkata Breeze salutes the courage Anushka has shown to talk about the social stigma associated with menstruation and feels the same that women should not ashamed of period stains anymore. Hope the society learns this time.
Content source: Buzzfeed, Huffingtonpost
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