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And boys can play a big role in this – if they also get the right support and resources.
The fact remains that many adult men – and women – are still highly uncomfortable talking about periods.
This is one step towards taking the taboo out of menstruation, because to achieve gender equality on this issue, girls need to feel able to talk about their periods and challenge the discrimination that is associated with menstruation and developing girls bodies.While the idea of tackling this head on and talking to boys in schools sounds good in practice, from my experience as an educational sexual health worker in central Manchester it is difficult to discuss sensitive issues such as menstruation with boys and young men.The overriding responses tend to be that girls get “moody” or “smell funny” during periods, and in general, they want to evade talking about the subject because it is a “girl’s problem”.Menstruation is associated with smells, mess, blood, gore, impurity and disgust.Which is probably why many women say they feel uncomfortable talking about their periods.