Language is not neutral; even when we want to talk about menstruation with daughters, younger female relatives or even sons, the scripts and resources commonly available tend to cast menstruation in a negative light—or make it purely biological. Here are 4 creative and engaging resources that might inspire you to have a new conversation in your family–and why at Eco Femme we like them:
1. The Crimson Movement’s book Cycling to Grandma’s House:
A story book for young children; join Luna in her journey to discover what makes girls and women so special and how this is celebrated around the world.
Why we like it: This children’s book makes the simple point that menstruation is special without any mention of blood, a uterus, or shedding a lining. It is great way to introduce and establish menstruation as something that is a ‘big’, but special to younger girls and boys.
2. The Waratah Project’s Celebrating Your First Period Video:
A short animated video explaining that ‘getting your period doesn’t have to be a pain—it’s something to celebrate.’ A nice companion to ‘Cycling to Grandma’s House.’
Why we like it: This video sets a positive tone, is short and sweet, and fun to watch.
3. Menstrupedia’s Comic The Friendly Guide to Periods for Girls:
A comic book that explains menstruation, the menstrual cycle, and puberty in an Indian context through a group of friends learning about periods and puberty from one girl’s older sister.
Why we like it: Colourful comic books are hard to put down! It’s a great introductory tool for girls (9-14) who are ready to move on to the details of anatomy.
4. Monthlies: The Moon Inside You For Teens:
A 30 min playful documentary presenting information about menstruation, the menstrual cycle, and how girls around the world experience menarche. (Available for free online in many languages!)
Why we like it: This film provides clear information in an engaging way. It honors many voices through interviews with teenage girls, a gynecologist, and explorations of menarche celebrations as well as ‘menstrual myths’ around the world.
Gift Idea: consider celebrating the first period of the girls in your life by gifting them a sustainable menstrual product (cloth pads or cup) a beautiful carry pouch, a book that can serve as a helpful resource, and/or a journal for keeping track of their cycle!