Let's bfree to talk about periods

It’s time. I want to bfree to talk about periods with other guys. I want to bfree to talk about periods with women.

Most men know as much about periods as they do about astrophysics. Some women want as little as possible to do with their period. They are conditioned not to even look when removing a tampon, or whatever else was available. Often the waste is flushed away with their anxiety, avoiding even having to handle the used product.

But getting your period is a part of life for half the population, and a part of all our world. It has always been this way, because by its very function, the period is part of the biological process that created us all. While in the ancient world, philosophers such as Pliny the Elder were wary of the power of a woman during menstruation (for we should fear “the monstrous power of menses”) we need to strive to be better now. Human society could afford to be ignorant in the time of blood, for back then, our mistakes weren’t compounded by the immensity of industrialization. Now, when the repercussions of our actions are global and evident, we can not afford to remain ignorant, wilfully or otherwise. It is time to raise the volume on a discussion that’s been ongoing for years, just out of earshot of the masses. Let’s bfree to talk about it.

There is a better way.

Those who walk their dog in the Beaches area of Toronto know if the pups are playing around the water, they have to be watched so as not to pick up and chew one of the countless plastic tampon applicators strewn along the beach.

There is a better way.

Over the course of 2017, in one of the largest economies in the world, the United Kingdom, more than 130,000 girls missed school because they could not afford the constant purchases of sanitary products. In low and middle-income countries this inequitable absenteeism is made even worse by the fewer options available for menstrual health management, as well as increased psychological harm from shame surrounding menstruation. In Uganda, a recent study found that about a third of girls will not go to school if they are experiencing their period.

There is a better way.

Young girls in North America are being introduced to a plethora of cotton based absorption methods, whether tampon or pad, without any other alternative being introduced or even discussed. Almost all of these products are treated with bleach. Most parents and educators don’t even know that there is an alternative.

But there is. A. Better. Way.

2019 will be another year of seemingly impossible fights, as a changing climate forces us all to address the lack of sustainability built in to our infrastructure. The first step in building towards a brighter future, is changing those little things that seem intractable; turning the tide one drop at a time (quite literally). While changing the highway systems of our continent to support greener automobiles is a vast undertaking that takes decades to instigate, remember: tampons come in packs of 18 and you can only use them once.

It’s time to bfree.

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