Women often wonder why we even get periods. Modern Science can't seem to offer a satisfying explanation, but that doesn't mean there isn't one. We only just discovered the purpose of the appendix, that useless organ we've been whipping out without so much as a second thought. It's actually what creates healthy bacteria for the gut. My husband doesn't have his appendix anymore, but he does have a long history of athletes foot, and occasional bouts of thrush and candida, so that explains a lot. My point is some people beginning to discuss the idea that women don't even need their periods. Which personally I find rather alarming.
Women do have periods, but that doesn't mean it should be held against us. "Nothing in our society, with the exception of violence and fear," says Chris Northrup, "has been more effective in keeping women in their place than the degradation of the menstrual cycle." I believe this is true to a degree even in post feminist western society. But it is much, much more degrading to young women in Africa, for example.
A fellow blogger rallied her 'knowledge community' to support these young women with a truly inspiring project called Good 4 Girls. Check it out, it speaks for itself.