Nothing to hide about menstruation, take pride; Aranya is  back

Facebook/Menstrual Hygiene Day - India

Facebook/Menstrual Hygiene Day – India

“We could live without the need to hide…Where we celebrate the only blood that bleeds without violence…in a world where pads aren’t wrapped and monologues aren’t silenced…”

You should take pride in it, because it’s the only blood that bleeds without violence. 18-year-old poet Ananya Johar is again taking on the hypocrisy of our society with her exceptional skills in spoken word poetry.

“I was taught menstruation was supposed to be kept in the hidden or whispered, so I am constantly paranoid about carrying Whisper, Stayfree and more… just so I could stay stress free…hoping no one whispers behind my red stained jeans…,” she says in her new monologue after her much-discussed poem “A Brown Girl’s Guide to Gender”.

“If my body’s made of stardust and my skin matches land, If my body’s geology can make continents tremble and mountains move… You aren’t allowed to tell me that I should be shy… Because I paint the town red for a week, every month of my life.”

“We could live without the need to hide…Where we celebrate the only blood that bleeds without violence…in a world where pads aren’t wrapped and monologues aren’t silenced…”

Ananya’s poem is going viral on social media, which has got more than 75,872 shares, and 7.1 million views on Facebook.

Aranya, a 12th standard student,  hit the headlines with her first poem “A Brown Girl’s Guide to Gender”.

“Women’s safety is the most debated debacle of our times, but when it comes to practice, in one way or other society stands against her freedom, passion for life, dreams…,” the young poet tells The Education Post.

Her poem, A Brown Girl’s Guide to Gender, was a genuine attempt to expose the double standard of male dominated society on sex. Woman is being considered as an object for sex, at the same time she doesn’t have any sexual rights

Education Post