Reflections

The PERIOD Blessing

Up until recently, I wasn’t aware of such a thing as period poverty. It didn’t occur to me that there were females, espcially in the western world, who couldn’t afford basic sanitary products. Unfortunately there are many people who may have to choose between buying even the cheapest pads and putting bread on the table. This level of dignity should be classed as a basic neccesity. It’s encouraging to see Scotland create an intiative that allows free access to feminine hygine products for all: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-scotland-sanitary/scottish-parliament-approves-free-sanitary-products-for-all-women-idUSKBN20J1NZ .

Around the world, espcially in poorer communities where culture oppresses vulnerable women, this is a greater issue. Women are forced to feel unclean from the inside out and are unable too boost their safety confidence by at least having a clean way to capture their flow. Periods aren’t disgusting. Annoying but not disgusting. Those of us who are blessed to have a normal period and regular flow should not despise our body’s unique process. Those of us who have a harder experience should not be made to feel like a taboo.

Listen. It can be hard work being a woman. If a man was to experience the full extent of our biological complex, I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t ask for it again! However we are built with an extra layer of strength to survive and embrace this phenomenon.

(featured image taken from: https://www.themeteor.org/2018/07/17/the-hidden-shame-of-period-poverty/

Reflections

Queen Vashti: ‘Boy Bye :)’

Queen Vashti, one of the first women recorded to say ‘Boy bye’. She gracefully took her crown and stepped into her new future after she was banished from her kingdom. You can find her cameo in the book of Esther in the Bible.

Vashti was the queen of Persia, wife to the mighty King Xexses and regarded for her beauty. One night her husband drunkenly demanded she showcase herself to his party guests, so he could gloat and they could salivate. A request she firmly rebuffed. She refused to prostitute her dignity and paid for it in full. Enraged at her audacity, along with the advice of his circle, he demoted her. They were convinced if the story got out women would despise their husbands and the world was likely to go up in flames. How dramatic. The King’s word was law and couldn’t be reversed even by himself, something he probably regretted it in the morning. Vashti would have felt violated, unprotected and grossly mishandled. Someone who claims to love you wouldn’t draw you out like that.

‘The room was brimming with sweaty abrasive men, eyes bright with lust and leaking obscenities. They daren’t say anything disrespectful out loud but their ferocious presence was unnerving. I hope that not everyone agrees with the king’s obnoxious behaviour but no one will fend for me so I’ll have to do this alone. I have not been considered.’

The scenery and culture may have changed but the acts of men high in authority hasn’t. For all we know this wasn’t the first time Vashti was hung out to dry by Xerses. I don’t believe she took an L here, I feel she stuck it on his forehead and it hung in a corner of his mind forever. It could be interpreted that she was being difficult but seems far too simple and insulting, we almost always have a reason.