One Indian movie is fighting the stigma about periods


About one act into the new Indian movie Pad Man, a man experiences a brutal, mortifying pad leak. 

The man in question is Lakshmi Chauhan (Akshay Kumar), testing a homemade sanitary pad he made for his wife. Needless to say, it’s not effective, and the scarlet specter leaves Lakshmi dripping goat’s blood off his bicycle until he abandons it and jumps into the river (honestly, same).

Pad Man is based on the true story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a South Indian man who made it his mission to create affordable, hygienic period protection for women around India. In the film, as in real life, he learns that his wife is using a dirty cloth to stem her menses, and that many women in rural India do the same or worse out of deeply internalized shame. Read more…

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