Video: Hollywood Actresses Open Up About Period-Shaming
- IWB Post
- November 25, 2015
In the beautiful mini-documentary combating period shaming, Thinx asks the opinions of a few celebrities. Actresses Sophia Bush, Joy Bryant and Jackie Tohn kept it real while talking about menstruation and the kind of embarrassing moments they have faced, sometimes even on the red carpet. Thinx, the period-proof underwear company, had a hard time trying to get its ads approved for New York City’s subways.
Bush said, “It’s all so technical and creepy the way they talk to us about it, that the lining of the uterine walls is sloughing,” she said. “That’s … gorgeous.”
Actress, singer Tohn also shared her disappointment that such a natural thing is barely talked of openly. “What’s so sad about people being shamed for getting their periods and how the female body works is that none of us would be here if it weren’t for how the female body works,” she said. “So that that is sort of a shaming as opposed to a celebration is just mind-boggling and baffling.”
The mission is to put an end to the taboo that surrounds menstruation.
“We also need to break the taboo together and change the conversation around the most natural normal time of the month,” she said. “It shouldn’t be stigmatized. It shouldn’t be embarrassing.”