Does culture influence how we perceive periods?

I always wondered if this can be true.
In my culture when a woman has her period, she should just go on, even if she feels like dying. She can't really talk about it. Not everyone in my culture is exactly so, but the most are.

1 what's your culture
2 does it affect your period
3 how does it affect it

Guys, your opinions are welcome. Does culture influence how we perceive periods?


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Most Helpful Guy

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Most Helpful Girl

  • Yes.
    1) Modern USA.
    2) feminism has raised expectations for women. It doesn’t matter what we are going through. Childbirth? Get back to work in 6 weeks, or less... painful periods? Stop whining and complaining, every woman has those.
    3) people forget that periods can be so painful. Some woman pass out because of the pain, throw up, can’t walk, some women have endometriosis.. If you are a guy and doesn’t know what endometriosis is, it would be amazing if you could look it up.
    Many women that have it don’t even know.
    Because women feel like we just have to deal with it, some don’t speak up if the pain is unbearable. We just suck it up...
    Not just that, but we have to be discreet about it. We can’t hold a feminine product in front of a guy, because it makes them uncomfortable. Imagine blessing from your hoo-ha for a week straight, with bad muscle cramps and constipation. It’s terrible, and we are just expected to act like everything is okay and act like we don’t have it...

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    • Bleeding, not blessing... lol

    • It's the same here, I'm from south Africa and basically everything you said is true, for the Afrikaans white culture.

      I grew up thinking it was shameful, just because of society...

      Yes, I've heard of the feminism there. We should have some here..!

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What Guys Said 4

  • Hahaha the HMS Sanity

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  • That's a cool island lol

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  • Culture influences everything, remember that

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  • Yes and biology.

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What Girls Said 5

  • 1. Generic white culture in Canada
    2. In a good way
    3. People are pretty open about it. In highschool and ar work it was a casual subject, even when talking to guys.

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  • People are pretty open about it in some places you can even stay at home even having bad period months.

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  • I am American, though I'm not sure how well I adhere to whatever culture it is we have around periods. I'm usually pretty blunt and will openly talk about it to family and friends within reason- it's not like I give them a detailed synopsis of all that's happening, just a passing "Hey, I got my period. Massive cramps right now, do you happen to have any pain reliever?" Type of thing.

    I don't know if it really affects my period. I do feel a bit self conscious about complaining about the pain to anyone, though, because in media it's always so dramatized. The girls always come off as bitchy or annoying to me when they do... so I try not to. Unless I'm worried that I might have appendicitis I don't divulge in the details of the pain. I also stay away from chocolate or binge foods that I am apparently supposed to crave particularly because I would hate to be a media stereotype.

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  • I'm Chinese and I guess we're open about it. There's a strict 'nO CoLd fOoDS' rule but because I live in Australia, I don think abide by it lol

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  • I think it depends on the individual, i live in lebanon and everyone is open about their periods. My friends and i also tell each other when we get ours each time because we would be nagging about cramps also my friends get their periods a few days after me so i always warn them like be ready ur period is coming. Very open about it with parents too i don't understand why some girls would hide it and not talk about it

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