Janelle Monáe Just Schooled The Internet About Period-Shaming

Because periods can be taxing enough without having to be embarrassed about them

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In March, the US celebrates Women's History Month, to try and spread the word about little-known facts about how women have evolved in the world.

They do this because women's stories have so often been overshadowed in favour of male narratives.

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Actress and singer Janelle Monáe recently starred in the award-winning film, Hidden Figures, which follows the true story of three black women's roles in the Space Program of the sixties.

To celebrate the beginning of Women's History Month, Janelle tweeted three words, 'Menstrual Period Blood'.

She then followed the statement by suggesting that people were more grossed out by periods, than they were by Trump's administration.

Lo and behold, this seemed to be true, and Monáe wasn't letting it go.

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She spoke about how natural periods are, and how harmful period-shaming is.

Thankfully, she also got a lot of positive responses.

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As we know, not all women get periods, for lots of reasons, and this doesn't make them any less female.

But, a large proportion do, will, or have done, monthly.

For there to be any shame around such a natural and frequent thing, is a real pity.

Having a taboo around such a subject means that, not only are you making an often uncomfortable and painful mild annoyance into a total kerfuffle (hiding tampons up your sleeve, getting an embarrassed look from a cashier), it also leads to governments deeming tampons as 'luxury items' and taxing them as such.

Whilst potentially harmful images of diet pill ads, waist trainers and heavily-edited images of women are rife on social media sites, like Instagram, photos of period blood are taken down.

On one hand we know that having a period isn't the best (cramps, stains, cost etc), it also kind of is.

It's a sign of fertility, health and life, so all in all, we're happy they are around.

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