Menstruation Privacy in Women’s Bathroom
I know this post isn’t necessarily geared towards the guys as this blog is intended to, however, I thought this is something that everyone, both males and females can ponder.
I can understand that many girls, either affected by family, friends or the media are ashamed when it comes to discussion or dealing with their periods. Pad/tampon manufactures by far are the guiltiest when it comes to playing the general discomfort against menstruation that women have. Even before putting comfort, absorbency and price to heart, discreteness is of utmost priority. However, I ask, where and when do women go to change their pad or tampon? I would say, most do it in the washroom, maybe in their room or even at the very least, a place of privacy. So then I ask, why is it that especially so, women feel the need to conceal that they are menstruating when they are inside the women’s bathroom? I can perhaps agree that for those who need to use co-ed bathrooms that a girl would want to ensure her privacy when changing her pad and tampon so that the guy in the stall next door doesn’t hear, but for those who go to gender-specific bathrooms, what is there to be afraid of? Do you not think the lady in the next stall deals, will deal or has dealt with her period before?
The beauty of the female body is the ability to have menstrual cycles and bear children. Having a lot of experience with a variety of products, I must say that Kotex has made one of the most discrete wrappers, very cloth-like so as you’re tearing the wrapper apart, you do not get the noise and crinkle of the usual plastic wrappers. Unfortunately as the top part of the wrapper dis-joins from the top, it still does make a ‘tearing’ sound, although the rest of the wrapper makes no further sound. Since the pad itself is also very cotton-like, the pad comes out of the wrapper without much noise either. However, whenever pad/tampon manufactures come up with something new, they always bring up the price. Does these new pads that offer extra discreteness perform better or is it simply because they found a new way to allow women to hide their feminine hygiene products? Are you paying extra money so that your pad makes less noise or less visible? How outrageous is that, that women are paying extra so they are not embarrassed to change their products in gender-specific or private bathrooms? Even if say your friend was in the stall next to you, is it so embarrassing that SHE knows you’re on your period? Isn’t it more gross to think that you didn’t change your product and it began to leak or stink? We can almost find the realities of life everywhere, drugs, sex, rape, murder, plastered amongst medias of all form, hell, I even see a big condom ad in the guy’s washroom of my college, but yet, menstrual products need to be made invisible, unheard and in fact, if a male were to see it, he SHOULDN’T know what it is!
I’ve pocketed pads/tampons for my girlfriends before and I’m sure one time, it was actually sticking out of my back pocket probably because I was standing/sitting so often that it began to come up. Whether I got weird looks or not, I never noticed and whatever people think of me is absolutely irrelevant. However, the point is, even I, as a heterosexual male, I am not afraid to be seen carrying or even hell, opening feminine hygiene products… so why do girls feel the necessity to hide their products or that they’re handling their periods in gender-specific bathrooms? If women want to be hiding something, they better ought to spend more time properly wrapping and disposing their used products so that the next person who uses the washroom doesn’t have to see it. I’m pretty sure given the choice, most people would opt to see an unused product over a used one!
I wonder how many girls who read my site will dare speak up, but I will still pose the question, “Why are women so concerned about hiding products or usage of them, especially to other females who will, has or had their period?” and perhaps any additional thought you may have on this matter!
Posted on April 1, 2010, in Periodtastic and tagged Blog, Feminine Hygiene, Fetish, Health, Interests, Maxi Pads, Menstruation, Opinion, Periods, Sanitary Napkins, Tampon, Tampons, Thoughts, Women, Women's Health. Bookmark the permalink. 43 Comments.