Why Menstruation is Still Seen as Taboo

My mother calls it Little Red Riding Hood. Others call it the visitor, albeit one that has a habit of showing up unannounced. Every euphemism for menstruation is an attempt to erase it — from our minds, our media and our social consciousness. Words like ‘whisper’, ‘secret’ and ‘discreet’ appear like conspicuous stains on adverts and packaging for tampons and pads…