It aims to make menstruation in India truly gender-inclusive, petitioning to menstrual products and hygiene brands to r...
Menstrual Hygiene Day, Boondh Cupsand Schbang are asking an important question: If blood, pain, and hygiene have never had a gender, why should menstruation?
- Considering that menstruation in India is already a taboo subject, non-cis-gender-women menstruators are tabooed even further and their menstrual struggles.
- Boondh Cups’ campaign creates awareness on making menstruation in India truly gender-inclusive, petitioning
menstrual productsand hygiene brands to replace “women” with “menstruators” on all their branding and communication.
Thousands of menstruators in India who identify as transgender have been systemically rendered invisible from the conversation around menstruation and the creative campaign featuring three menstruators acknowledges their stories and their struggles. Conceptualised and executed by Schbang For Good, #UngenderMenstruation is India’s first-ever gender-inclusive menstruation campaign. It aims to make menstruation in India truly gender-inclusive, petitioning to menstrual products and hygiene brands to replace “women” with “menstruators” on all their branding and communication. The visual representation of the campaign has been crafted to create a conscious act of calling menstruators, “menstruators."
Commenting on the campaign, Riya Parekh (she/her), Group Creative Head, Schbang for Good said, “As Creative professionals in the Advertising Industry, we’re constantly shaping the narrative of our culture. Therefore, it is our responsibility to write stories that do more good to humanity, than bad. In India, menstruation has always meant a cis-gendered woman in white pants conquering the world with blue liquid dripping on cotton strips. However, we know that isn’t the entire picture. Menstruators are more than feminine over-achievers and the menstrual experience is authentically painful and pure. With Schbang for Good, we’re working towards building communication that doesn’t put people into boxes, but questions the need for one. By starting India’s first gender-inclusive menstruation conversation, we hope one day every young teenager encountering their first stain feel confident and represented in the narrative, without the crippling feeling of body dysphoria or guilt.”
Sonal Jain (They/Them), Founder, Boondh Social Foundation says, “I look at menstrual health as an indicator of good hormonal health. There are months I like my period, try to sync it with the moon cycle etc, and there are months when I hate it, especially given I live with PMDD, a menstrual-mental health disorder. Nothing I do in life is from a gendered lens - my role in family, society, or my choice of romantic and sexual partners. Can't imagine a bodily process being gendered - it sounds ridiculous to me. I sigh, and move on. However, I know it's really distressing for some trans & enby folks I know and I want media, society and the govt to do better, to minimise dysphoria among the people AFAB (Assigned Female At Birth) who are not women.”
Boondh Social Foundation and Schbang for Good have also started a petition on starting an open conversation on menstruation in India, urging the audience to
"To become the leaders of change, and ensure that NO person who menstruates feels like their identity and their menstrual experience has been denied, unrecognised, or trivialised ever again, only due to our words, and our limited representation," reads the petition's description.