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 |  Below The Belt  |  8-minute read
Haji Ali, Women in mosques, Periods, Menstruation

Women in Mosques: Are menstruating women the real threat to Islamic shrines? Or does the problem lie elsewhere?

Is the real problem over letting women into barred holy places actually allowing the sexes to mingle? And perhaps to forget the purpose of visiting a holy place? What is that purpose anyway?


 |  7-minute read
Whisper, Menstruation, Periods, Period. the end of sentence

Period has won the Oscars. Why it’s time for companies making sanitary napkins to drop the shame around menstruation

Mainstream advertising leaves much scope for a lot to be done.


 |  3-minute read
Menstrual isolation, Menstrual Hygiene, Menstruation, Period taboo

Why Netflix’s 'Period. End of Sentence' is a grim reminder to our society

An Oscar nominated documentary. Which shows India’s continuing culture of silence and shame surrounding menstruation.


 |  3-minute read
Privacy, Sanitary napkins, Menstruation, Periods emoji

Periods emoji: I am a woman, and I am sick of all this ‘public display of periods’

Menstruation is not dirty or shameful. But it’s private. I don’t want my privacy to become an opportunity for people to prove how cool or ‘bindaas’ they are.


 |  It Could Happen to You  |  5-minute read
Patriarchy, Women, Menstruation, Sabarimala shrine

Sabarimala row: History has been made, messily perhaps, but made nonetheless

From strikes, agitations, dharnas and dramatic entries, the good news is, all the controversy around entering Sabarimala has not taken away any of Ayyappan's popularity.


 |  2-minute read
Feminism, Patriarchy, Menstruation, Sabarimala

Are you a woman and oppose our entry into Sabarimala? Then answer me this

Why Sabarimala should be a deeply personal issue to every Hindu woman. Believer, atheist, 'urban Naxal', Maoist, bhakt or otherwise.


 |  3-minute read
Women Health, Menstruation, Sanitary napkins, Menstrual Hygiene

The 'Pad women' of Bihar: How these young girls set up a sanitary napkin bank in their village

Despite being scolded by their family members for wasting money, these girls started using sanitary napkins. But buying pads from local vendors every month was awkward.


 |  4-minute read
Sanitary napkins, Pcos, Women masturbating, Menstruation

From periods to women's pleasure to PCOS: The three talk taboos we broke in 2018

This year saw us acknowledging and discussing three important issues we generally pretend just don’t exist.


 |  3-minute read
Sabrimala temple, Menstruation, Lord Ayyappa, Sabarimala protests

Sabarimala protests: How action has shifted from the Supreme Court back to Kerala

A purely legal argument may be made regarding ‘faith’ versus the jurisdiction of courts to enter into the sphere of ‘religious practice’.


 |  5-minute read
Patriarchy, Menstrual Hygiene, Menstruation, Sabarimala temple

Sabarimala outrage over menstruation is simply contempt for women, an attempt to restrict their prayers, their lives

If periods are unclean, why do we celebrate childbirth? Is it not part of the same biological processes? The temple entry restriction is not based on logic but sheer patriarchy.