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If You're Triggered By Period Blood On TV, You're Missing The Point

Periods are bloody awesome.

Periods. Menstruation. ‘That time of the month.’ A visit from ‘Aunt Flo.’ Whatever you call it, approximately half of the world’s population will experience, or has experienced menstruation – usually on a monthly basis!

So, why do people still feel triggered by seeing period blood on TV or in advertising?

Why, tho? Credit: Giphy

Last week, Aussie feminine hygiene brand Libra dropped their #bloodnormal campaign, with an ad that ran during Survivor on Channel Ten. Within moments, TV viewers bombarded social media with divisive opinions on what they’d seen. 

You see, Libra’s ad wasn’t a stock-standard ad for pads with absorption demonstrated via a few droplets of a mysterious blue fluid. It featured realistic girls, in realistic situations, experiencing realistic periods – with realistic blood. 

After seeing the ad, Twitter users called it “inappropriate” and “absolutely disgusting” while others praised the campaign for normalising menstruation and showing real women having real periods.

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

Those who found the ad offensive are missing the point. By showing period blood on primetime telly, we are able to remove the stigma that menstruation is ‘unclean’ or something to be ‘embarrassed’ about. 

This stigma is quite clearly something still being experienced in 2019. According to a study conducted by Libra, periods are perceived as more of a taboo than drugs, sex, STDs and mental health problems. 

An indication of this is the great lengths women will go to conceal their periods in public. The study found that 58% of women will avoid swimming and check for leaks after sitting down, 60% stay away from light-coloured clothing, and over half hide their pads and tampons in a pocket, sleeve or bra. 

A horrifying example of this kind of period-shaming is the case of Alisha Coleman from Fort Benning in the United States. In 2016, Coleman filed a discrimination lawsuit against her former employer, the Bobby Dodd Institute, claiming she was fired for having period leaks on the job.

According to TIME, Coleman was working as a 911 dispatcher in 2015 when she experienced pre-menopause symptoms that caused her to leak menstrual blood in the office. Her supervisor warned her that “if she ever soiled another chair” she would be fired. Soon after, another heavy period caused Coleman to leak blood on the office carpet and she was let go from the company.

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However, adult women aren’t the only ones affected by the stigma and discrimination surrounding periods. Libra’s study found that 70% of young Australian girls would rather fail a subject in class than have their peers know they are on their period.

“Perhaps that’s because periods aren’t something we commonly see on TV, in movies or on Instagram,” says Dr Lauren Rosewarne, Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. 

“If young girls are brought up to hide their period, then they will continue to feel and believe it’s something shameful, embarrassing and needing to be hidden,” she added. 

This has to stop. Credit: Giphy

It’s about time we stop adding to the harmful rhetoric around female menstruation and accept the fact that periods are something all women experience. Menstruation isn’t disgusting, or inappropriate, it’s a part of everyday life. 

Robert Pattinson Says He Smells Like A Crayon And I Need To Know Which Colour

Another wild yarn from R-Patz.

Robert Pattinson has gained quite a reputation for spinning wild yarns during interviews, but his most recent comments on his body odour have me truly shaken.

In a recent interview with Allure the star of the upcoming The Batman film said, “Lots of people tell me I smell like a crayon.”

The interviewer – understandably bewildered by this statement – then asked, “Like you’re made of wax?”

To which R-Patz responded, “Yes! Like I’m embalmed.”

I have so many questions. What colour crayon does Pattinson smell like? What brand? Is he using lots of crayons? And most importantly, who are these multiple people who are telling him he smells like crayon!? Is that an insult, or a compliment?

It’s not the first time Robert Pattinson’s scent has come up in conversation. Back in 2009, E! News reported that an unidentified source who worked “very closely” with the actor on New Moon said “he stinks.”

“I mean, it’s awful,” the source said. “He never showers, and it drives people on the set crazy.”

“He completely reeks,” an unidentified crew member added. Yikes.

It’s been over a decade since then, so we can only hope Robert Pattinson has swapped his lack of showering for an obsession with crayons. 

Speaking of celebrity scents, celebrity tattoo artist Lauren Winzer dishes on what Post Malone smells like on It’s Been A Big Day For…below:

During his interview with Allure, Pattinson was also asked about being recently named the “most handsome man” in the world according to science.

“It’s weird,” he said. “I never was really up for the good-looking-guy roles, because I’ve always been quite awkward when meeting people.”

“My Harry Potter role was a good-looking guy, and it was a shock that it was quite easy to get. And then in Twilight, [Edward is] beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. When I turned up for the auditions, I had done a job where I’d dyed my hair black, because I had an inch and a half of roots, and I had waxed my body. And then I had a few months where I’d been drinking beer all day, so I had this hairless, chubby body. I looked like a baby with a wig on.”

Hairless, chubby, waxed or smelling like a crayon – we’ll take Robert Pattinson any which way.

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