Addressing Cultural Taboos and Alleviating Period Poverty

By Yong-Yu Huang

March 2022 FEATURE
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INVENTED BY WARTIME nurses on realising that cellulose is better able to absorb blood from wounds than cloth, sanitary pads as we know them today entered mainstream use in 1918, alongside heightened public stigma.[1] When the popular Kotex brand was originally marketed in the U.S., it allowed women to simply walk up to the counter and ask for the brand’s name, rather than having to publicly admit that they were there to purchase sanitary pads.[2]Even today, a certain kind of...

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Yong-Yu Huang

is a Taiwanese student based in Penang. She doesn’t know where she’s headed, but she hopes there’ll be tea.