The other day I had the chance to watch the documentary: Period. End of sentence.
I must say that at first sight, it did not seem too gripping. However, as time passed, the more focused and interested I was due to the topic it spoke. Going more into detail, it was about the period and above all, about the experience of young ladies and women from India with it.
Firstly, it is known that these types of topics in western cultures are normalized and they can be spoken naturally (and not always. We still have a long way to go). However, sadly, this does not happen everywhere. As these topics are considered taboo in some places. Even arriving at the level of denigrating women because of it.
Must be said that during centuries men have used the women’s period as an excuse to justify their “superiority” because they considered these normal and biological process disgusting. In a few places, these ideologies (which are clearly related to sexism) have changed but not in all of them.
Secondly, as the documentary shows, these women from rural zones from India do not have easy access to what for us are essential feminine tools, such as compresses or tampons. Going further, some of them did not even know what they were or how to use them.
So, above all, the main problem is education. It can be seen that these women do not have access to any type of information about these topics considered “tabu”.
All this explanation was made in the most natural way, which is appreciated.
Personally, this documentary has moved a lot of feelings inside me. I cannot express with words how sad this situation is. Every woman in the entire world should have the right to receive an education on these topics. Moreover, they should all have the right to speak smoothly about their period, how they fell… and not feel ashamed about it. Because the period is the most natural thing to happen in a woman’s life.
This documentary has definitely made my eyes open to actual-world problems we usually do not pay enough attention to. It is extremely well-executed and it shows the reality how it is, with no editing or dialogue… just shows the truth. And above all, what I appreciated the most was that what the documentary was searching for was finishing stigmas that are still present nowadays. Something that we as a society should improve still.
To sum up, I would recommend it to everyone despite sex, religion, nationality… it must be seen by everyone. Because it affects lots of women and girls every day. Furthermore, even if we do not notice it, it also affects us and the generations to come.
Written by: Andrea Izaguirre Blanco (1st of Baccalaureate)