Upbringing, ethnicity, media - all this affects the perception of the physiology of the opposite sex.
A woman's menstruation is a natural process that indicates her readiness to conceive. However, we subconsciously associate the sight of blood with danger. For this reason, children often fear for their mother if they accidentally notice stains on the leaking hygiene items on the bed, or wonder what pads are for.
In a man, the reason for a strange attitude towards menstruation usually lies in the cultural code laid down in him with upbringing. WomanHit understands this issue, wanting to change the perception of the natural process.
Women hide themselves
Remember how in your school years you were afraid of a leak, and more than that others would notice and laugh at you. With age, the fear of one's own body passes, but the discomfort in this matter remains the same.
For example, women would rather prefer to warn a partner about the onset of menstruation, try to avoid intimacy because of fear of an unpleasant odor or the same leak, although modern hygiene products, for example, tampons, are rather tightly fixed in the vagina and exclude this possibility.
Usually your concern is in vain: if everything is in order with health, then the specific perception of the smell of menstrual blood is more likely associated with the exacerbation of the sensitivity of smell, normal for critical days.
Education precludes explanation of physiology
In Russia, sexuality education is limited to informing about the types of contraception. At the same time, little time is devoted to the study of menstruation and normal cycle manifestations. Parents, with rare exceptions, do not talk with their children about their periods until they start.
This is a big mistake: if you study the opinions of gynecologists and sex bloggers, many girls get scared during their first menstruation and are even afraid to tell their parents, thinking that something is wrong with them.
Media is not last
The mass media shape the consciousness of society. When in advertisements for hygiene products menstrual blood is shown not in red, but in blue or blue, the idea is fixed in the subconscious that the appearance of the original liquid is embarrassing and inconvenient for demonstration. The good thing is that many companies are now advocating naturalness and producing educational videos along with ads. This is cool! It is possible that in 10-15 years our children will no longer see anything surprising in advertising with the original color.
The culture of upbringing in different countries can also influence the formation of the opinion about menstruation. In Russia, there are fewer problems with this, since in the country religion is far from the first place in the life of people.
The focus on Europe and the United States has played a role in taking social movements towards openness to conversations on intimate topics. At the same time, in non-secular states, girls still have to be secretive about personal hygiene. If in Egypt and a number of other countries, cases of female genital mutilation are still known, depriving a girl of the opportunity to experience an orgasm, then what kind of acceptance of critical days can we talk about?
The only hope is that gradually people will become more educated in terms of physiology and learn to perceive natural processes normally. What do you think? Have you encountered menstruation rejection by men or women? Tell us in the comments how it was expressed.