“Lying next to a real person who was really ministran’ was somehow sacred.” -The Bluest Eye (pg 32). The scene of Pecola’s first period felt very relatable, though I think it’s one of the few times I’ve actually read about menstruation in literature. The girls both feel like this is something to keep quiet and hidden, but also something to admire. I distinctly remember feeling proud when I got my period before all my friends, but also like it was something I needed to keep quiet and “deal with” on my own. In her essay “Innocence”, Marah Guar writes “books and films for and about adolescents often suggest that the advent of mature sexuality makes you a monster.” (pg 126). She argues that focus on innocence of childhood and corruption of adulthood “mystifies the actual conditions [children] live in.”
I received my first pair of Thinx from my brother’s girlfriend as a Christmas present, which prompted the first conversation I’ve ever had with my brothers or my dad about periods, seven years after I got my first period. The company makes an effort not only to sell a well-made, functional product, but also to change the global cultural norms surrounding menstruation and menstruating people. Unlike mainstream period products, they make an effort to normalize periods (none of that weird blue liquid in commercials) through honest ads and a great blog. While their products are on the pricey side, the company opens up a conversation about periods and what menstruating people deserve as fair as quality period products. I’ve definitely had way more conversations about periods (with menstruating and non-menstruating people) since I watched this video and tried the product.