The amount of time I tried to blah my way through conversations I knew nothing about because I thought I’d sound stupid if I didn’t know everything about things. In hindsight, I probably came across stupid by chatting out my arse about things I had no clue about! In my culture, menstruating was perceived as profane, and feminine sanitation products were frivolous. Women sequestered themselves away because of close proximity to men and children have some irrational connotations of contagion and great antipathy for a woman’s natural cycle.
For years I eschewed the company of men and boys and my parents had no compunction depriving me of access to sanitary pads so I had to humiliating experience of pilfering toilet paper and newspapers to repurpose as an absorbent pad. Menstruation blood and the uterus lining coagulated and the pungent odor emanating from me really necessitated my segregation rather than archaic presumptions about the impurities of a woman’s body.
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