Quint isn\’t the only one breaking taboos. It seems that menstrual activism (otherwise known as radical menstruation, menstrual anarchy, or menarchy) is having a moment. The term is used to describe a whole range of actions, not all considered political by the person involved: simple efforts to speak openly about periods, radical affronts to negative attitudes and campaigns for more environmentally friendly sanitary products.
I can\’t say that I detect all that much silence, shame or anything else in our society about menstruation. Sure, there are a lot of euphemisms for it (\”on the rag\” for example) but then we Brits use euphemisms for just about everything other than a plate of chips. (\”hand shandy\” for male masturbation, \”wallop\” for beer sometimes, make your own list.)
Certainly as a society we\’ve gone far beyond the Victorian (\”the womb weeping for the child is hasn\’t got\”) or the rather scary rituals about being unclean in both Orthodox Judaism and, I think, in Islam.
About the only interesting thing left to say about it these days is that women have many more periods than they used to. No, still one per month during the non-pregnant, non-lactating fertile part of life: but that non-pregnant, non-lactating part of fertile life is hugely larger than it was a couple of centuries ago in the days of sixth and tenth pregnancies.
Maybe that\’s why it\’s talked about more, simply because there is more of it?