Shark week, Aunt Flo, Code Red… It’s amazing how many alternative names there are for your

Shark week, Aunt Flo, Code Red… It’s amazing how many alternative names there are for your period. But in an era where we’re more open about the menopause and talking frankly about mental health, why is it that we’re still ashamed about our perfectly natural periods? The Great British Bake Off star Candice Brown bemoaned the unwritten ‘rules’ about having a period on the latest episode of White Wine Question Time. “We need to stop hiding our tampon up our sleeves,” she said. “We still do that, don’t we? It’s just weird. It’s a weird taboo subject.” “I was at the Marie Claire awards the other night and one of the winners was Emma Barnett,” explained Candice. “She was working amongst men. She’d written the book about periods and she said to one of her colleagues, ‘I’ve written a book’ and he said, ‘Oh, what was the book about?’. She said ‘Periods’ and he said, ‘About what period have you written about?’ She went: ‘The one in my pants!’ And she said he went white… He looked like he was going to pass out, throw up everything.” Amika George, an activist who set up Free Periods to end period pove...

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