If the past week has got you listless and bloated, making you instinctively reach for the confectionary variety KJo or Farah Khan entertainment, we feel ya girl and we got your back. For this week’s episode we go south to pay a visit to the Red Queen. Our Menstruation March episode is all about sharing the pain of the monthly visits from Aunt Flo.
But first, Happy belated #WomensDay y’all! How did you celebrate?
Sweety has a movie recommendation to make – Get Out. Written and directed by Jordan Peele (Key & Peele), this horror flick gets a big thumbs-up from Sweety. Also, since we are talking about movies, its glorious to hear that Lipstick Under My Burkha will be opening at the L. A. Film Festival (and we hope that the Indian board stops being a 🍆 about it).
So, why did we choose to talk about menstruation? Because while growing up, most of us at some point were made to experience shame and embarrassment connected to our periods. Because, in India 1 in 5 girls drop out of school due to their periods. Because, many of us still believe, or have family that believes that menstruating women are unclean and cannot enter the kitchen or places of worship.
We’re telling you that periods are metal as fuck, and you’re a baddass for having to grin and bear it every month. Coz, god forbid people know it’s that time of the month for you, and they HAVE TO CUT YOU SOME GODDAMN SLACK!
We want to get rid of the taboo and secrecy that surrounds periods. I fact, Pappu devised this awesome Chuski Pop quiz ‘How Desi is Your Period?’. Tune in to take the test with Sweety and find out where you stand.
We also celebrate some amazing work done by NGOs, young artists and enterprising rural entrepreneurs to help bring menstrual hygiene to rural areas.
The Menstrupedia: The Friendly Guide To Periods For Girls is a collection of cartoons that help girls understand menstruation and what happens to their bodies during puberty. #BeTheChange
Donate to this cause: Dasra.org – Improving Menstrual Health and Hygiene
Finally, Sweety shares her favourite period tracker apps.
Also, not to be missed out – period sex! If that makes you go ‘Eeew’ then listen to us and it will make you go ‘Oooh’.
For our Spotlight segment this week, Pappu reads out an excerpt from “Nasty Woman”, a poem written by Nina Donovan (19). Her beautiful and powerful poem was read out during the Women’s March in Jan 21.
In the powerful words of Rupi Kaur, “Their patriarchy is leaking. Their misogyny is leaking. We will not be censored.”
So ladies, go forth and break an egg!
Make yourself at home.