Because there aren't just enough words to describe the magnitude of sexual violence against women around the globe. #MeToo
How many times have women encountered that when men talk to us, they look at our breasts and not at our faces?
Alternative menstrual products like cloth pads and menstrual cups last for years. They don't require disposal, thus saving the word from tonnes of sanitary waste.
That feeling when the judiciary of your country doesn't understand consent.
Hardly any schools in India implement comprehensive sexuality education in their curriculum. Issues of puberty, relationships, gender roles and body image are issues that all children and young people struggle with, but which are ignored in their formal education.
We're expected to look a certain way, to have a certain body type. But every body is different, just like every person is different. No body is more beautiful than the other. So love and embrace your body, however it looks, it's absolutely fine.
We all know the layers and layers of secretive packaging that sanitary pads are wrapped in to hide the shame and stigma associated with periods. This plastic waste only adds to #ThePadEffect
Sit straight, look pretty, keep quiet, wear this, tie your hair like this, study hard, get married etc etc etc. On and on we get instructions telling us to behave a certain way to be a woman. But can the biology of a person really determine their behaviour? Can we just leave women alone and let them be who they are? (That sounds easy, right?)
Women are judged for everything, including their right to say yes or no. Ultimately, it is a woman's right, as much as it is a man's, to say yes or no, and she should be able to do it without the fear of being judged and shamed. Let's stop the slut shaming, and let's stop saying "friend-zone".
Dear #NotAllMen, thanks for "helping" us and "allowing" us to do things. It really makes us feel empowered to know that you're voluntarily not being another obstacle for us. Seriously, thanks for all the support.