While watching television, I have often noticed that real feminine issues are rarely addressed, even on castaway-style shows. Women’s bodies are objectified and glorified, to the point where features like body hair and periods are either ignored or mocked.
However, Bustle doesn’t shy away from these subjects. In its first documentary of a new series, it addressed the issue of homeless women and periods. In this documentary, Bustle explored the way that women cope with their periods while living on the streets, since it’s often very expensive to buy the proper products. A woman that they followed and interviewed explained how many homeless women keep clean, from washing in the sink and toilet to making tampons out of pads.
When making care packages for homeless people, we often forget about providing feminine hygiene products. But for some women who receive these packages, those products might be the best thing on the list.
The entire documentary can be viewed above.
When making care packages for homeless people, we often forget about providing feminine hygiene products. But for some women who receive these packages, those products might be the best thing on the list. It may be safer to give pads instead of tampons because of the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) however, I’m sure they would appreciate either one. You can also find an organization to donate feminine products to, or support them through monetary means.
And, as with most matters, the job doesn’t stop there–we need to spread awareness so that other people know about it and are able to help, too.