John Paul – creator of the App Maya which is a period tracker App in conversation with Prathibha Sastry.
Today let’s talk about the need for something much more basic that affects the quality of every woman’s life, no matter what the social strata. The need for an enlightened, pro-active approach to women’s health, the dispelling of centuries-old stigmatization and myths surrounding menstruation, and our right to hygienic public facilities.
Stand up comedian Margaret Cho observed that “Over half the world menstruates at one time or another, but you would never know it. Isn’t that strange?” All the horror and embarrassment is strange because Menstruation is a fact of life. In fact, it’s the source of life! Yet, it’s associated with uncleanliness, impurity and even bad luck in some communities. So we shroud it in mystery, and if at all we talk about it, it is in whispers.
The fall out of this is, we give the predominantly male powers-that-be the license to overlook this altogether, leading to many health issues and social malpractices. Today’s show is all about people who refuse to be cowed by all the social censure around women’s “icky private issues”; and have stepped up to improve matters.