Why the period emoji matters

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Normalising periods

It may only be a droplet of blood, but the pending (and first) iOS period emoji is a big deal.

It’s a big deal for anyone trying to normalise periods.

For anyone trying to fight the stigmatisation of periods, trying to promote period education, and trying to promote period positivity and body positivity.

It’s a big deal for all girls and women.

Let’s grow up as a society and finally start talking about this very normal, very healthy, very feminine topic.

Okay, but what can an emoji do?

Well, it’s a step in the right direction

A small step but it’s a step nonetheless.

Soon, we’ll be able to express a normal bodily function in a text, and it will, in a small way open up and start discussion about periods.

Open honest discussion and education (based on actual facts) is the only way to inform people. The more we talk about it, the less dramatic it will be.

And why not? Fifty percent of the population aged between 10 to 50 years get their periods every month.

Why is it such a big deal?

Why in some countries are women barred from worship when menstruating or even worse banished from their homes to unsafe and unsanitary huts.

Some women are still shunned because their bodies produce a cycle that produces a period that produces life.

In our world, women would be revered, worshipped even for having periods.

Basic facts are (news flash alert) we are all the products of healthy menstrual cycles.

Every single human on this earth. Menstrual cycles are the givers of life. Why don’t we respect that?

But…the crimson tide is changing.

There is a lot more work for us to do, but we’re moving in the right direction.

But have you ever tried to move a tanker? It slow, it real slow. Like sloth slow. Ain’t nothing happening anytime soon.

Change isn’t going to happen quickly, it will take time and dedication. But we’re in. All the way, 100%. Are you?

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Kelly Gregor