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 Isha Singh Sawhney – Wall Street Journal – Wednesday, 09 October 2013 (originally published 04 Oct)

Puberty guide

In parts of India, old wives’ tales about women’s impurity during menstruation persist. Shown, a screenshot of the Menstrupedia website.
Image: menstrupedia.com

Don’t enter the kitchen. Don’t touch the pickles. Don’t bake cakes. Don’t come in contact with men. Don’t swim. Don’t wash your hair. Don’t go into a  wine cellar. These are some of the strictures still in place for women during their monthly period in parts of India, where old wives’ tales about women’s impurity during menstruation persist.

In India, most of the taboos stem from a time before sanitary pads, when women were made to stay in a hut outside the village during their period, kept from daily duties and not allowed in the kitchen. Women in some areas are prohibited from going to the temple during their monthly period.

So they decided to set up their own website to help break the taboo and make the subject more accessible and understandable . . .

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