Ladies, it’s 2016. We live in a land that promotes freedom of thought and expression, encourages individuality and is totally intolerant to discrimination. Feminism has never been more topical and women’s rights for equality have never been more on the agenda. Collectively we campaign for gay marriage, an end to FGM (female genital mutilation) and the right for smear tests from an appropriate age – but it seems we still shy away from some of the most relevant and basic issues that effect us as women. It seems that many bodily functions and processes still have a stigma attached, preventing us from actually discussing what could potentially be an important issue with even our closest of friends; from periods, pooping and waxing your foof, to depression, boobs and dealing with an STI, it’s about time we opened up a conversation and stopped being embarrassed about things that impact us all. That’s why I’m starting a new project simply called #LetsTalkAboutIt. I’m a firm believer in using my platform and influence to overcome barriers and provide a support network for those who need it, and this is the next step on that journey.
I’ve written many times about everything from colonic irrigation and smear tests to intimate hygiene, tampons and dealing with mental health conditions that include depression and trichotillomania; over the coming weeks I’m going to re-visit some of the topics I’ve already covered, but also introduce new issues and concerns that could effect a huge proportion of us – but are just not openly discussed as much as we may like. Topics already on my list include period pain, post natal depression, food intolerances, constipation, sexually transmitted infections, birth control, breast examinations, hair loss, hair removal, smear tests, grey hair, hormone replacement therapy, bladder weakness, bad breath and so much more. From explaining how to look after your body in the most effective way, providing a portfolio of options that allow you to find the right answer for you, and just starting a conversation about a topic perceived to still be a little ‘taboo’, I really hope that this could be the start of something really positive.
I’ve got a few guest posts lined up, hoping to bring different perspectives and experiences into the mix (because I don’t know everything!) so if you’re interested in contributing a piece on a topic that’s close to your heart, please do get in touch. I’ve re-categorized a lot of previous posts so they can all be found in one place here (you can also find them via the #LetsTalkAboutIt tab in the drop-down category menu,) so in lieu of the forthcoming topics do have a little rummage around and read what you may have missed already. Do please use the hashtag and start conversations of your own, or if you’re a little shy do get in touch anonymously with any questions, concerns or comments. I’d love to know your thoughts on this, whether or not you’d like to get involved or if you have any ideas about how we can raise awareness of this little project. We all have boobs, bums and vaginas – so let us celebrate them in all their wonky, hairy, sometimes smelly greatness. After all, men talk about their willies at every given opportunity…
What topics would you like to see covered in my #LetsTalkAboutIt series? Have you discussed any ‘taboo’ subjects on your blog that you’d like to share below?
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