Guess what just got acknowledged on a very big scale? Periods!
A film about menstruation – Period. End of Sentence just won an oscar for Best Short Documentary at the 91st Academy Awards. In a world where periods are rarely acknowledged, hidden and shamed, this is indeed a big step forward.
Menstruation is highly stigmatized. Even on a platform like the Oscars, a male anonymous member of the Academy saying that while Period. End of Sentence is “well done”, it’s about women getting their periods, and the mere thought of it is just icky for men!
Well, guess winning the oscars was the perfect response for his statement!
The film’s director, Rayka Zehtabchi did an amazing job in portraying the deep-rooted stigma attached to menstruation in a rural village in India that prevents girls and women of menstrual age from staying in education, worshiping in temples, and having access to basic sanitary products.
What is Menstruation?
Menstruation is when blood and tissue from your uterus comes out of your vagina. It usually happens every month to ensure you that you are not pregnant.
Your period is controlled by hormones – specifically estrogen and progesterone. Every female has 2 ovaries that contain really tiny eggs. Menstrual cycle is a cycle of 28 days during which the eggs in your ovaries mature and your uterus lining gets thicker, preparing itself to retain pregnancy. This lining is made of blood and tissue.
Ovulation is the process when the mature eggs are released and travel through the uterus via the Fallopian tube.
If the egg has no contact with a sperm and pregnancy doesn’t happen, the blood and tissues that constituted the uterine wall break down and flow out through the vagina.
If you are pregnant, there is a need for the uterus lining in order to provide a cozy home for your baby. Hence, it doesn’t shed and you do not get your period.