Menstruate at your own risk. Period.

I try very hard not to pun when I’m writing. It’s just such an easy trap to fall into, most of us can barely avoid it. And for that reason, I’m sorry about the title of this post. And now, to the post.

I’ve been doing a little gender-related research lately, and so, stumbling across some of the most profoundly dumb (and insane) beliefs the modern Indian society seems to hold. Almost always against women. One such article that gave me pause was about an Indian actress Jayamala being booked for hurting religious sentiments. And she did this by entering a temple while on her periods.

I don’t believe I want to talk about a ton of politicians actually hurting religious sentiments. But a woman doing that by walking into a temple? How does one not talk about that? And how does one not feel an urgent sense to claw at faces?

And the more I research the subject, the stronger my urge to claw at faces. How is it that we boast a massive GDP every year (which we don’t really have) while not bothering about our own women? How is it that while on the one hand, we bow down and pray to goddesses with multiple hands, and on the other, beat them with our fists at home? How is it that we touch our mothers’ feet and rape other people’s daughters? What is this bigotry towards woman? And where does it come from?

And most importantly, how do we get rid of it?

Just last night, I was telling someone about a most stunning (and lesser known) John Lennon song called Woman is the nigger of the world. And it would appear that I’ve found just the right place to tell a lot more people about it.

Peace.
Kabir

P.S.: This is an article from nearly three years back. But that doesn’t say much about how far we’ve come since. Because we haven’t.

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2 thoughts on “Menstruate at your own risk. Period.

  1. I’d never heard this song! Thanks for sharing.

    By the way, in many cultures, after their first night together, the newlyweds are supposed to display the conjugal bedsheet in public, for evidence that the woman (or girl) was a virgin. I think I first read about that in A Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

    • Yes, you’re absolutely right on that. I do believe there are Rajasthani tribes that still follow this custom. Originated during the reign of the Rajputs before the Mughals came in, I think. But, of course, that’s merely scratching the proverbial surface.

      And about the song, isn’t Lennon just the most cunning craftsman!

      Glad you liked it.

      K.

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