Since long, societies have been making menstrual cycles a taboo. As a girl in her teens, the stigma around 'that time of the month' starts to surround her like a dark shadow. And as the girl grows, and the periods become a regular thing, she never gets used to all the inconveniences she gets with it.
But despite this, she cannot even openly talk about it to her own family, let alone anyone else. This makes me ask - What the heck is wrong with PMS? Why can no one talk about it without distorting their face in cringe?
But lucky for me, I'm not the only one who wishes to eradicate the stigma that haunts the periods. (Duh!) Here's the story of a self-proclaimed 'blood witch', who's smeared period blood on her face to remove the stigma around periods.
Yazmina Jade, 26, is a former hairdresser, a self-proclaimed 'blood witch' & a spiritual healer and hails from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Now, the feminine healer has released a footage of her ceremony, where she smeared her menstrual blood over her face. Walking on a quest to prove the menstrual cycle is not a taboo, she felt the need to share her video with the world.
Many people, on seeing her this way, couldn't help but react by calling her 'sick' and 'mental'. But by simply claiming that she has never felt better than this after her defiant menstrual show, she has put a stop on all the haters.
In her post, she tells "How do you view your monthly bleed?? I personally through my teenage years and early 20s didn't enjoy or care for my monthly period. It was just this thing that was kind of annoying and I felt shitty... You could say I had an unhealthy relationship with my monthly bleed and didn't really enjoy getting it at all!!!"
"I have a new level of love and respect for my body that wasn't there before, mainly because I was shaming myself for something that I couldn't stop. It's been a full on a journey, I'm only just tapping the surface of the POWER of the BLOOD."
'This was a sacred ritual to reconnect with my body. As women, we're deeply disconnected with our bodies because of societal shame,' Jade adds.
Well, this is quite a bold, and a much-needed step taken against the societal taboo. You can find more about Yazmina Jade on her Instagram handle.
What are your thoughts on her 'cleansing process' to clarify the murk over PMS? Share your thoughts in the comment section. You can also reach out to me on firstname.lastname@example.org