Period stigma is something a lot of women have to still deal with, often alone or with fellow women.
So it was great to have the men join the battle against stigma as the Rajasthan Royals cricketers opened up about menstruation myths.
Robin Uthappa spoke to Rahul Tewatia, Jos Buttler and David Miller in a playful but insightful rapid-fire conversation. Uthappa asked the men some basic menstruation facts, and unfortunately, not many answers were right - which speaks to the lack of clear, open sex education we have access to.
From buying sanitary napkins to premenstrual syndrome, the men spoke candidly about their lack of specific awareness - and the need to better educate themselves.
Uthappa also asked about menstruation myths and the men revealed that many taboos still exist, and how they can help the women in their life during their cycles. “I give my partner chocolates and try to make her feel comfortable,” said Rahul.
The session ended with Uthappa asking how they would feel if they woke up with periods, and while Rahul and David said they would be terrified and would be very upset, Jos interestingly said,
“I would be confused, but realise that okay it’s natural and if girls do it all the time, we have to as well.”Jos Butler