28 May is Menstrual Hygiene Day! Join in with #periodpositive!
Here, Chella Quint, menstruation education researcher and the creator of Adventures in Menstruating shares news and resources from her menstruation education research project. Follow @chellaquint and @periodpositive for updates on Period Positive Schools, Period Positive Workshop resources and training opportunities.
Click the link for Menstruation Education Top Tips.
Read Chella’s guest post at Education for Choice.
Take the short (really short – only two questions) survey and think about how #periodpositive you are day to day!
What does period positive mean?
Chella developed #PeriodPositive to counteract the mainly negative public discourse. She accepts that people both love and hate periods, but tries to unpick how big an influence the media plays in these attitudes. She aims for ‘period neutral’, using a positive approach.
If you are period positive, this means you are willing to confidently ask and/or frankly answer questions about periods, understand the importance for menstruators to chart their cycle and treat it as a vital sign, avoid passing on shame to others, and if you joke about it, that you make sure menstruators aren’t the butt of the joke.
Watch Chella’s TEDx talk to find out more!
Chella believes that menstruation education should be:
- Free, unbranded, objective, inclusive of reusables (like menstrual cups and cloth pads), and easy to understand
- Consistently taught by trained staff, factually accurate, up-to-date and well-researched, with learners’ needs in mind
- Supported more comprehensively across the curriculum, particularly in Science and PSHE
- Aimed at different age groups, starting well before puberty (and ensuring to use the correct names for body parts, even with young children) and revisited regularly
- Inclusive of different genders, cultures, abilities and sexualities (the way all high quality SRE should be)
Chella was the Sheffield International Documentary Festival Specialist Factual New Talent Pitch winner for 2013. Here is a short film she presented for the Open University about the effects of advertising on the menstrual discourse: Lifting the Lid. She is coordinating the UK participants in the global Menstrual Hygiene Day events on 28th May.
Check out Chella’s menstrual product advertising analysis and comedy activism blog, Adventures in Menstruating for more updates.
Follow and contribute your #periodpositive thoughts and ideas on Twitter. You can also use the #periodpositive hashtag on Twitter, and download your own STAINS™ stain! STAINS™ was featured in the BLOOD exhibition at Science Gallery Dublin this past autumn.
28 May will be Menstrual Hygiene Day. What will you do to ensure that #MenstruationMatters?