Today, I'm participating in a giveaway opportunity hosted by Rebecca at The Book Lady's Blog. She recently reviewed Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation by Elissa Stein and Susan Kim. Now I don't normally go for non-fiction books that look to be like a lot of dense facts. However, this one looks hilarious (and really, when you're talking about periods, what else can you do but laugh?) and it is now sitting at the top of my wishlist. Rebecca has three copies to give away, and one of the ways to be entered is to submit your own personal story relating to periods. Sound fun? Are you mortified? Intrigued? Moving on to the next blog? Whether you think talking about periods is completely taboo or the next best thing, I've decided participating in Rebecca's giveaway is a great way to learn a little bit too much about each other, and revel in the camaraderie we all share (however unhappily) every month. So here goes.
I used to subscribe to the belief that women should be ashamed when they purchase a box of tampons or pads at the store along with all of their other items. I would purposefully pick a checkout lane with a female employee and rush through the transaction as quickly as possible.
This was reinforced when one day I happened to pick a lane that was just about to switch shifts, and the female employee who was about to leave glanced at what I was purchasing, quickly dismissed the male employee who was about to switch with her, and rang me up. I was so grateful to her, but then I started to ask myself, "Why?"
From then on, I've worked at becoming a more confident, tampon-purchasing woman. I don't pick the checkout lane specifically for the gender of the employee working it, and I've even been known to make eye contact when that pretty pink box is sliding across the scanner. I'm not perfect; I still sigh heavily when I know it's time to make that purchase, but I'm working at someday being able to walk into the grocery store and announce, "Today I'm buying TAMPONS!" Or, more likely, not try to hide them under the bag of Snickers bars.