Exclusive: Thank Your For Coming Star Dolly Singh On Period Shaming, Says “I Had To Hide….”

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Exclusive: Thank Your For Coming Star Dolly Singh On Period Shaming, Says “I Had To Hide….”

Dolly Singh, a popular content creator, who also very recently starred in the movie Thank You For Coming, shared a poignant reflection on a deeply personal experience that many can relate to: the shame and secrecy associated with menstruation. In a candid conversation with Hauterrfly’s The Male Feminist, she talks about her first encounter with menstruation and the subsequent experiences that left her pondering society’s period shaming.

 

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Recalling her first period, Dolly shared, “I got my first period, and I came home, and my skirt was stained. Somehow, the stain was green, and my mother saw that, and I was so ashamed, I don’t know why.” This simple yet profound statement encapsulates the feelings of shame and embarrassment that often surround the onset of menstruation.

 

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Dolly’s experience took a turn that resonates with many women. She found herself not only in physical pain but also without the necessary sanitary supplies. Despite the discomfort and urgency of the situation, her predominant concern was not the physical discomfort, but rather the societal expectations that made her feel the need to conceal her period. She confessed, “I had no pads, nothing, just bleeding, but with the thought that I have to hide my periods, somehow, I have to hide it.”

 

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This early incident reflects the common narrative that girls and women are often conditioned to conceal their periods as though it were something to be ashamed of, a secret to be hidden at all costs. The silence and the secrecy that typically surround menstruation can lead to feelings of isolation and embarrassment, perpetuating the stigma.

 

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Dolly went on to reveal another incident involving her mother, demonstrating how deeply ingrained period shaming can be. She recalls when she came back from school, and had put her skirt in the washer, and her mom saw it. She was like, ‘What happened?'” In response, Dolly resorted to the age-old tactic of fabricating an excuse – in this case, attributing the stain to playing in the field. This incident exemplifies the barriers and discomfort that can surround conversations about periods within families.

The discomfort associated with discussing menstruation within families often extends to the larger social sphere. Dolly recounted an incident involving her cousin and her own fears about the prying eyes of her brother and uncles. She shared the struggle of concealing her sanitary pad and the bizarre confusion it created. Her brother’s curiosity led to a conflict, as he believed Dolly was hiding something related to Harry Potter.

 

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The result was that Dolly felt cornered, forced to dispose of the pad discreetly while her brother watched. She also faced physical punishment as her brother resorted to physical aggression, leaving her in tears. These experiences made Dolly contemplate the deeply rooted stigmatization of menstruation and the underlying questions: Why are women expected to bear the pain, be ashamed, and endure physical violence over a natural bodily function?

 

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Dolly’s story is a step toward breaking the silence and promoting a more inclusive and accepting approach to discussing menstruation.

Sakshi Singh

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