The days of discretely hiding a tampon up your sleeve to slip to the toilets, or referring to menstruation as ‘that time of the month’ and other silly euphemisms are dying out. The more periods, and everything that comes with them, are spoken about the more normalised they become both to men and to women (shoutout to our internalised misogyny that makes us think bleeding is ‘gross’ still). Even if you’re not the type to fill your feeds with celebrity gossip and news it’s still pretty cool when someone with a platform uses it to speak about women’s issues.
Here are a few times famous women have risked losing their (sexist and weak) fans and spoken about periods publicly:
Obviously everybody’s favourite relatable and hilarious queen Chrissy Teigen has spoken about her period, a lot in fact.
twitter is great because i can always search for my last period tweets and remember my cycle
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 12, 2012
there is basically a two day a month window where I cannot blame anything on pms or my actual period
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 2, 2014
haaaaa i just realized i got my period dates mixed up and i’m not pms’ing i just love pizza and ranch and being a bitch
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 9, 2013
The most outspoken of all of her sisters, Khloe Kardashian, has complained about the terrible period cramps she suffers from on Keeping Up With The Kardashians before. She (accurately) compares the feeling to your uterus being beaten up by a little alien. Khloe also did what we have all fantasised about doing at least once in our life: hooking up Rob Kardashian to a machine that simulated the sensation of period cramps on him. He wasn’t into it.
Then there was the time Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner casually mentioned menstruation while in their underwear in a walk in wardrobe. As you do. Gigi joked that her breasts weren’t as big as they are when it’s her time of the month. We are so here for chatting about periods in a chilled and sexy context.
Mindy Kaling noticed that the silhouette of a woman featured on her tampon’s packaging looked a crazy amount like her and so she tweeted it. She also spoke about it on Conan O’Brien’s show, proudly declaring ‘I menstruate’ to the audience’s nervous giggles.
When asked the predictable and boring question ‘What are you wearing?’ on the red carpet for the Emmy’s Amy Schumer spiced up her response with a bit of her trademark TMI-level honesty. She said she was wearing Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford and a tampon.
Funny woman Margaret Cho called out paparazzi for snapping photos of Britney Spears in period-stained pants in an online piece where she got super personal about her own period. Waking up in a puddle of your own blood is something we all experience every now and then but for some reason feel too awkward to talk about it, but Margaret isn’t shy: ‘I am the worst when it comes to period stains. That is why I never move because my mattress is so so so so stained that whenever I change the sheets it just looks like a murder scene’.
Shailene Woodley has shared her passion for cramp bark (it’s a herbal remedy for period pains) and reusable and environmentally-friendly sanitary pads publicly. She also said the response she gets when discussing menstruation is usually along the lines of ‘Oh my God, don’t tell me that’. Eye roll.
Titanic was filmed over seven months, which meant Kate Winslet had seven periods on possibly the worst location to have your period: a boat. Okay, a film set of a boat, whatever. For the drowning scenes she quipped that if it suddenly seemed like they were actually filming Jaws she was to blame.
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Jennifer Lawrence famously said: ‘awards season is synced with my menstrual cycle’. Unlucky timing if she ever wanted to wear a tight or white dress on the red carpet TBH. When choosing between dresses she has to take into account the bloating that comes with the bleeding, stating she wouldn’t wear tight dresses because ‘I’m not going to suck in my uterus. I don’t have to do that.’
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