Take a look at these pictures – do you find them offensive? Should they be banned? Why or why not?
i bleed each month to help make humankind a possibility. my womb is home to the divine. a source of life for our species. whether i choose to create or not. but very few times it is seen that way. in older civilizations this blood was considered holy. in some it still is. but a majority of people. societies. and communities shun this natural process. some are more comfortable with the pornification of women. the sexualization of women. the violence and degradation of women than this. they cannot be bothered to express their disgust about all that. but will be angered and bothered by this. we menstruate and they see it as dirty. attention seeking. sick. a burden. as if this process is less natural than breathing. as if it is not a bridge between this universe and the last. as if this process is not love. labour. life. selfless and strikingly beautiful.
Do you agree with BlogwatiG below? I do.
Pregnancy is beautiful. If everyone who ever had a baby, actually put up pictures of the ‘process’, instead of pictures of welcoming their bundle of joy, the term population explosion might have not existed. But motherhood is sold as dignified beauty, ah but [only] when a married woman does that. Just my thinking.
Are these pictures making me uncomfortable? The first time, they did. The second time I was taken back to school when I’d accompany girls home when they got ‘stained’. They’d be broken for this happened in school. The boys would snigger. I had no clue coz I had not got my period yet. Mom never told me till I did. That girl’s discomfort would unnerve me. Whenever a girl carried a sweater, even in the summer heat, we knew it was for ‘protection’.
The opinion I have is, if this was a curry stain on the shirt, or of boot polish on the pant, it would be another stain. But it is blood…..and we are most uncomfortable with it. Maybe, that’s what attention she is trying to draw. Or maybe, that’s what I saw……and you guys didn’t. BTW, none of the pictures are unreal. It is what happens. I identify with the hot water bag the most, coz I have fainted on almost all stations on Western Railway and have been brought home by complete strangers.
The chances of teenagers having seen porn is higher, than being educated about their bodily changes. My daughter is on a field trip. When she comes back, I am going to show her these pictures and tell her, she needs no sweater to protect her. This might happen to her, who knows, but she need not live with the ‘stigma’ of a ‘red blood stain’.