“Will the pickle really spoil if I touched it during menstruation?”
“Akka, why do they tell us not to touch anyone, to sit in a separate room and eat from a separate plate when we get our period?
Two thoughts play hide and seek in my mind as I try to answer these questions from young girls. One, that I should help them understand that these restrictions are not because they become impure or polluted during menstruation. Two, that I should never, ever, hurt their religious or cultural sentiments beacuse I have neither the knowledge nor the right to make that judgement. The latter makes it difficult to do the former, and so round and round I go in my explanations, at best being able to tell them that these practises have been in place for ages to…
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