I have this friend whom I use to discuss different subjects with, subjects or topics that people tend to shy away from. One time we talked about being a woman and why there are so many things we are ashamed of, like for instance our period. She recommended a book called The Red Tent, red representing blood. To be honest I just read the first chapter. It depicted the lives of women of the ancient Jewish tribes, their secrets and knowledge passed from generation to generation. This happened in the women’s tent. In a way it’s still like this today, the different aspects of womanhood are not to be heard by men. We still feel insecure about them knowing and thinking they might dislike us for it. I remember when at school my friends and me would use a codeword for our menstruation, “homework”. Every time one of us had their period we would say we had «homework» while asking for a tampon, if we forgot. My sister cried when she got her period and my mother (when she was younger) dreaded it for a whole year before she got it.

tbc

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2 thoughts on “Girlism part1

  1. Eg synest i blant det er litt morosamt kor intolerante gutar/menn er når det gjeld snakk om mensen og liknande ting. Hugsar til dømes på vidaregåande at eg skreiv til gymlæraren min at eg ikkje kunne ha gym ein dag fordi eg hadde store smerter i underlivet, og han raudma så mykje at ein skulle ikkje tru det var mogleg, og klarte så vidt stotre fram at det var greitt at eg stod over den dagen. Og så synest eg det er fint at me har slike «kvinneting» som bind oss saman, utan at me skal verte for ekskluderande.

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