But Dan steers us onto more serious ground problems in our hometowns. “We’ve got lots of illegal polka machines,” says Butch, of Eleva, Wis. We look confused. They are often excluded from social and religious events, denied entry into temples and shrines and even kept out of kitchens.On the occasion of World Menstrual Hygiene Day, award winning photographer Niraj Gera attempts to de stigmatise periods in this hard hitting series called Sacred Stains.Given the lack of conversation about periods, according to one study, 71% of adolescent girls in India are unaware of menstruation until they get it themselves.Campaigners say it shows that parents rarely prepare their daughters for something they know is bound to happen. And this unpreparedness leads to so much avoidable fear and anxiety.The difficulty of accessing sanitary pads is another major issue.India scrapped a 12% tax on sanitary products in 2018 after months of campaigning by activists.Campaigners had argued that menstrual hygiene products were not a luxury and periods were not a choice that a woman could simply opt out of.However, tax exemption is only a small step towards a much longer journey of making menstrual health and hygiene an accessible reality for every woman in the country.According to one study, only 36% of India’s 355 million menstruating females use sanitary napkins, while the rest use old rags, husk, ash, leaves, mud and soil and such other life threatening materials to manage their flow.And menstrual health experts say the current coronavirus crisis has worsened matters further in India. The country is under a strict lockdown which has severely impacted production and supplies of menstrual hygiene products.Coronavirus sparks a sanitary pad crisis in IndiaStripped for standing up to ‘period phobic’ collegeOf course, period poverty does not only affect women in India.But with a surge in the use of social media in recent years, women have begun sharing their stories about menstruation too.Yet this freedom is often questioned and those sharing their stories are threatened with bans, while trolls who indulge in moral policing and shaming women go scot free.”It’s time to not silence them with shame, but give them the freedom and knowledge to deal with the pain.
Klausutis. “His heart is breaking,” Romney wrote. “Enough already.” Rep. But there was cruelty in her life, well before it was in her control to even understand it. Petty spites. Perpetuating grudges. CPVC pipes are basically tinker toys. They are plastic “sticks” (you call a length of CPVC pipe a “stick” of CPVC) that are glued together using fittings: straight fittings (straights), Ts, and elbows (90s meaning they form a 90 degree angle). My friend the plumber’s daughter taught me to buy these “fittin’s” by the handful for any serious project.