a social or religious custom prohibiting or restricting a particular practice or forbidding association with a particular person, place, or thing.
“many taboos have developed around physical exposure”
prohibition, proscription, veto, interdiction, interdict, ban, restriction, boycott, non-acceptance, anathema “the taboo against healing on the sabbath”

It is odd to think that there are some things which are still considered taboo today. Sex for example, periods or menstruation are just a few. There are many religious taboos, dietary requirements, smoking, imbibing alcohol or substances to intoxicate oneself, these are deep seated in the religion itself so you can understand how it has maintained, but societal taboos have no need to remain. The way in which we communicate has been revolutionised across the globe, we should be as open as it is easy to communicate via the internet, but not just there in the ‘real’ world too. There are and always will be advocates for openness but it doesn’t seem to be something we can stick with. I’m not just talking about getting drunk and spilling your guts, I mean explaining your true desire, what you really want. There is no need to be ashamed of being confident of what you want, the universe requires this so it can deliver it.

Periods are most certainly a taboo topic and as the Sunday Times Style Magazine reminded us in their top 5 facts about periods:

[In preparation for Ride’s trip aboard the Space Shuttle] Tampons were packed with their strings connecting them, like a strip of sausages, so they wouldn’t float away. Engineers asked Ride, “Is 100 the right number?” She would be in space for a week. “That would not be the right number,” she told them.

Sally Ride First American Woman in Space

Apparently, the male engineers then replied that “we just want to be safe.” Not sure what kind of safe they were thinking of but it is admirable that they tried, discussing it would have been uncomfortable for all parties but that doesn’t mean it should be. There are those who call for period pain to be a genuine sick day reason as it can be crippling for some, it us unfortunately something men will never experience or understand as its not a bodily function they possess unless you count morning erections which although are embarrassing don’t last between 3 and 7 days so empathy is a bit difficult. Its not that I feel that it should be a regular topic of conversation like the weather but allowing women to be open without fear of judgement is surely not much to ask.

I hope one day taboos will disappear and we can all be open and free in our speech, without fear of judgement or persecution and an appreciation that there is no ‘normal’ only ‘conforming.’

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