The Real Story of How Pad Man Became Famous by Selling Shame

February 18, 2018

This post originally appeared on Mythri Speaks. “If we want to give our daughters Sanitary Pads, we’d much rather buy the good quality ones available in the market. What do you think we are…trying to get rid of some cheap stuff by dumping it on our girls?” These words came from angry mothers of girls … Read More

The Period Between the Old World and New

February 15, 2016

I heard once that the reason why menstruating women were not allowed originally into Hindu temples was because menstruation was revered — as the feminine was considered divine already, women who were bleeding were believed to be especially attuned to the power of God and their prayers would therefore be heard first. If they entered the temple … Read More

Is It Enough To Destigmatize?

August 10, 2015

A few days ago, Kiran Gandhi, a woman who ran the London Marathon while she was on her period and without a tampon to reduce the stigma of menstruation, was the trending hashtag on Facebook. In article after article she triumphantly smiles at the camera taking her picture, exuding joie de vivre. Dozens of news … Read More