The Taboo of Menstruation

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The Taboo of Menstruation 
Hi! I'm creating a video for my motion media class about menstrual taboos and activism against it. I didn't know quite how to mention this in the criteria, but it's open to anyone who has experienced a period in their lifetime; accent/age etc are not really pertinent so it's open to anyone in those directions.

The video is going to be for in-class use as well as possibly on my portfolio website, in which case you will be credited.

note: I have broken the script into paragraphs to make it easier to get through and to delineate where different ideas come up, but I don't want an especially long pause between paragraphs or anything.
I want the script to be spoken in a fairly normal, conversational way. Videos by kurzgesagt ( and ( are pretty good examples for what the video will be like and what the narration should be. Just steady, clear speech.

I haven't timed myself speaking this yet so I put down an arbitrary number: it can be as long as you need!

some quick pronunciations for the names in the script:
Rupi Kaur: Rupee Cor (like cord without the d)
Fu Yuanhui: Foo Yuan-hwe ( listen to the audio on the Chinese side)

thank you! 
2016-10-15 06:11:26 GMT
2016-10-25 00:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
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Script Details

In 2010, several websites reported the story of Lani Beloso, a woman who created a series of paintings by freezing her menstrual blood in resin on canvas. The story was polarizing, but a lot of people wanted to know why she would feel the need to do this.
She arrived at the series through her own unique process, but she is not the first or last artist to tackle this. There's a history of women using menstruation as a theme in their artwork that started around the 1970s, when artists like Judy Chicago were creating pieces like Womanhouse, which included a "menstrual bathroom" that had bloody tampons in the trashcan; a representation of the realities of menstruation, which have for a very long time been deliberately hidden.
Far from every religion and historical culture has had a negative take on menstruation, but a common thread in major religions like Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and Judaism and cultures that practice them has been the view that menstruation is impure. One may be forbidden during menstruation from places of worship, school or work, their home, or physical contact from loved ones. In certain parts of the world, a common practice still is to banish people from their homes completely while they menstruate, forcing them to live in huts.
Many scholars think these limitations could be in place as a rest for women, who have traditionally been tasked with the bulk of a household's labor. But- aside from that being patronizing- the problem isn't the break from chores; it's the fact that someone's inevitable biology is being thought of as taboo by everyone around them.
The taboo bleeds into the modern day as well; menstrual products like pads and tampons have been sold in everything from "discreet" brown paper bags to "discreet whisper wrappers" and the first time the word "period" was said in an ad for tampons was 1985. The bulk of advertising for menstrual products still involves whispering and white trousers. It continues through every form of media available to us, from men who are baffled by it to girls who seem to develop supernatural abilities when they menstruate.
The assumption of menstrual activism is that there is nothing out of the ordinary about menstruating, and so there should be nothing out of the ordinary about discussing it. Not only do inaccurate or no mentions of menstruation in popular media send a message of shame, a lot of people today don't really have a working knowledge of the female reproductive cycle or proper menstrual hygiene. About 500 million people worldwide-in developing and developed nations- don't have adequate access to menstrual care, and a culture of silence makes it hard to help or find help.
Activists come in all forms, and it's caused some interesting debate about the female body. Artist Rupi Kaur's photograph of a menstruating woman was deleted last year by Instagram for violating community guidelines. THINX, a brand of underwear that's aimed at being an alternate to pads and tampons, almost had their ads pulled from the New York subway system because photographs were "too provocative." Recent years have seen a few, although too few, exceptions to the tradition for advertising menstrual products, and women are creating photographs, video games, and yes, paintings, in a growing demand to see their reality expressed in their world.
But it's not always even a creative exercise that breaks taboo; Olympic swimmer Fu Yuanhui made headlines this summer at Rio when she mentioned to reporters that she got her period the previous night, nonchalantly breaking the taboo around menstruating in swimming pools (FYI, it's not a health risk.) Casual conversations about menstruation are unfortunately still a radical act, and the way we talk about it in our everyday lives is shaping attitudes. Nobody is asking you to like Lani Beloso or buy her paintings, but maybe the day her work isn't needed is the day it doesn't get attention simply for being painted in menstrual blood. 
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