Do you ever feel awkward or embarrassed when you're asking questions about your period? That's something singer and Hidden Figures actress Janelle Monáe wants to change – especially since it's a totally normal topic she wants to see more people talking about. In honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, the star took to Twitter to engage with fans about periods, clear up some misconceptions, and shut down period-shamers when she encountered them.
Tweeting something like "menstrual period blood," can look a little bold, but as Janelle reminds us, your body is nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed by.
It's sad that there are prob folks more grossed out by and/or ashamed of menstrual period blood than they are the current administration.— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) March 3, 2017
When Janelle saw someone react to her tweet to say it was "gross," she tried to share why she feels it is damaging to refer to people's periods that way.
"In this instance [blood] is a by product of the period (a natural and biological change that occurs in the female)." she tweeted. "When a person uses language like "Gross" this causes the person on the receiving end to feel ashamed, embarrassed, humiliated, etc. therefore leading to 'period shaming.'"
"My point is you wouldn't be here w/out sumbodies [sic] bodily fluids. respect & celebrate everything that got yo a** here. 🤷🏾♀️," she added. "Never forget girls & women birthed the human race and hold the power to unbirth it. Y'all gone learn."
We're proud of Janelle for starting this important conversation on her social media, since every time we make talking about periods more normal, they seem a little bit less daunting.
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