'Periodical' filmmaker wants to talk about PMS, menopause and the tampon tax

The first-ever scientific encyclopedia, written by Pliny the Elder in 77 C.E., devoted an entire chapter to menstruation. According to the entry, menstruating women could kill crops and drive dogs mad.

Filmmaker Lina Lyte Plioplyte says Pliny the Elder’s misconceptions have persisted throughout history: “[The] majority of the world’s religions deem periods ‘dirty,’” she says. “I’m like, why? Let’s take a look under the carpet.”

Plioplyte sees menstruation as a “beautiful cycle” that happens to half of the world’s population — one that “we’re not supposed to talk about it.” Her new documentary, Periodical chronicles the social and political movement now underway to erase the shame that has plagued women throughout history.

Plioplyte also wants to challenge the so-called “tampon tax,” on menstrual products, which currently exists in 21 states. The tax is a sales tax on products that are designated as “non-essential,” but, as Plioplyte argues, “This tax is unconstitutional … because these products are necessary for half of the population.”

bostonbananarama,

The first-ever scientific encyclopedia, written by Pliny the Elder in 77 C.E., devoted an entire chapter to menstruation. According to the entry, menstruating women could kill crops and drive dogs mad.

Are you saying that’s not true? /s

SnokenKeekaGuard,
@SnokenKeekaGuard@lemmy.dbzer0.com avatar

But its not a period piece

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