The society we live in sometimes believes in myths, stereotypes and gender-conforming roles. And it is up to us to smash them for the younger generation and teach them about gender inclusivity. School textbooks in Maharashtra are doing their bit by including illustrations of men helping women with household chores and non-traditional families with same-sex parents.
According to HuffPost, England-based mom, Milly Bhaskara taught her four-year-old son Eli about menstruation in the most inclusive way possible.
Mirror UK quoted her saying,
“Eli has been told about periods since he saw blood on my pants a couple of years ago … I didn’t use the language of women have periods because it’s not entirely inclusive.”
She further explained,
“Trans men may have ‘female’ sex organs and still experience periods and some non-binary people have periods too.”
She also shared this message in the form of an Instagram post with her son holding a powerful sign.
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Some men have periods. Some non-binary people have periods. Some women have periods. Eli has been told about periods since he saw blood on my pants a couple of years ago (I no longer have them now and tbh it is shit when it’s seen as like the ultimate feminine superpower because I’m still a woman so 🖕🏻). I didn’t use the language of women have periods because it’s not entirely inclusive. I told him that SOME women, SOME non binary people and SOME men have periods. It was easy for him to accept as he hadn’t had to unlearn the engrained societal norm but if a 4 year old can grasp it I’m sure most of us can have a crack at unlearning transphobic/misinformed norms and open our minds… ya think? 🙄 Trans men may have ‘female’ sex organs and still experience periods and some non binary people have periods too therefore removing a female logo off the front of sanitary products helps include us all 😊 isn’t that wholesome and a nice gesture? Why I’m the name of Lizzo should that affect ANY of us… it’s not insulting to women, it’s not discrediting women, it’s opening up the community to make it a safe space for those who don’t identify as women but still have periods. Stop being a asshat. Grasp it. 💛 —— Image description: Eli who is the cutest slice of pie is holding a pin board sign. It says ‘some men have periods too, if I can grasp it so can you’.
It received mixed responses from people online with some saying that the child will get confused while others agreeing with Milly.