The Case for Media Sensitivity Around Menstruation

We’ve structured this piece into 2 main categories of improvements the media can make:

Use Inclusive Language and Evidence Base

  1. Keeping Menstruators At Centre-stage In Reportage/Content About It
(Source: Mirror UK, If Men Had Periods, Spoof Ad Imagines A World Where Blokes Have Menstrual Cycles)
(Source: Global Citizen, ‘If Men Had Periods’ How Would Life Be Different)
(Source: Twitter Event, What Would It Be Like If Men Had Periods)
(Source: Daily Beast, Yes Men Can Have Periods We Need To Talk About Them)
(Source: The Hindu, One in Five Indian Women Suffers From PCOS)
(Source: The Hindu, One in Five Indian Women Suffers From PCOS)
(Source: TOI, Over 10 million women suffer from PCOS Globally)
(Source: Ndtv, 1 In 5 Women In India Have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Here’s What You Need To Know )
(Source: Ndtv, 1 In 5 Women In India Have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Here’s What You Need To Know )
(Source: Huffpost, Men Don’t Have Periods — Women Do)
(Source: Huffpost, Men Don’t Have Periods — Women Do)
(Source: Quint, Ladies, Karma is a Bitch, if This Swami is to Be Believed)
(Source: Outlook article on: Are Menstrual Disorders More Prevalent In Developing Countries?)
(Source: Forbes India, Mar 9, 2018)
(Source: Nielsen’s website, Breaking the Menstruation Taboo, 2016)
(Source: The Logical Indian, A Reality Check Of Menstruation In Rural India, 2017)
(Source: The National Herald, ‘A Menstruation Women who Cooks Will Be Reborn a Bitch’)
(Source: ‘This is why I don’t cook’: Twitter full of dark humor)
(Source: HT, Ladies, Be Careful When You Throw Away The Sanitary Napkin)
(Source: HT, Lucknow Sanitary Pads)

Expanding The Range Of Issues Covered

(Source: Quartz, Sanitary Napkins Form the Bed of a Bathing Pond in India)
(Source: The Print, One Rupee Sanitary Pads Welcome, But Govt’s Janaushadhi Stores Often Don’t Have Them)
(Source: World Environment Day 2020: How To Be Environmentally Conscious with your periods)
(Source: Indulge, Here’s Why You Should Make A Switch to Organic Pads)
(Source: shethepeople, Cloth Pads and Period Panties-Smart Women’s Menstrual Hygiene Choice)
(Source: Indulge, Here’s Why You Should Make A Switch to Organic Pads)
(Source: Reuters, Indian Firm Offers “Menstrual leave” for Women on First Day of Period)
(Source:BBC, ‘Period-Shaming’ Indian College Forces Students to Strip to Underwear)
(Source: Businessline, India Needs a Menstrual Leave Policy)
(Source: Sheknows, What It’s Really Like to Get Your Period in Prison)
(Source: Sheknows, What It’s Like To Get Your Period in a Wheelchair)
(Source: DTE, Cyclone Fani: Women Left with Just One Cloth To Cover Body, Manage Menstruation)
(Source: DTE, Cyclone Fani: Women Left with Just One Cloth To Cover Body, Manage Menstruation)
(Source: BBC, What It’s Like To Have Periods And Be In a Disaster Zone)
(Source: BBC, What It’s Like To Have Periods And Be In a Disaster Zone)

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A social enterprise that works on Menstrual Literacy, Advocacy, Policy, Programming and Sustainable Products. Executive Editor: Bharti Kannan, bharti@boondh.co

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A social enterprise that works on Menstrual Literacy, Advocacy, Policy, Programming and Sustainable Products. Executive Editor: Bharti Kannan, bharti@boondh.co

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