The problem with this advisory is that it is issued so that the act of childbirth becomes ‘natural and positive experience’ for women, while totally neglecting the health hazards and the fatal consequences it might have for the women.
Irritable Male Syndrome or IMS is not a recognised medical ailment. Endocrinologist from Comenius University, Peter Celec, published a study in 2002 that showed the both men and women experience lunar rhythms of testosterone, for men on day 18 of a 30 day cycle.
Public urination is a disgusting act, peeps. No matter the place, no matter the gender. For who in the world wants to go through the ordeal of seeing and smelling that?
Various online sites including amazon selling this product define artificial hymen as a synthetic membrane that oozes out ‘blood’ during penetration. The ‘blood’ is an artificial blood powder or coloring.
If one looks deeper, they would find that even toilets —its architecture, use and accessibility—are coloured with the conventional ideas of patriarchy and consequential gender roles and expectations.
As a practicing feminist gynaecologist, I want to offer a glimpse of what this world looks like from the other side of the consulting table.
And our campaign Health Over Stigma established that this is an unmarried women’s movement challenging the present situation and demanding stigma free services.
A gynaecologist in Mumbai refused to do a physical examination because I was not married even though I told her that I am sexually active.
To simply enjoy menstrual art without understanding the artist’s messages – intended & otherwise – would be to dismiss the story they are telling.
The participation of women, today, is a mere token through the District Water Committees, thanks to rampant corruption and widespread bureaucratic denial to take gender and water seriously.