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That makes sense – it wouldn’t be a big deal on its own, especially if it were more culturally normalized. I haven’t been in a high school gym class in quite a while so I can’t speak to whether this is still true, but a decade ago I think you’d just be encouraged to wear a tampon and wouldn’t be likely to get out of it because you were on your period (as uncompassionate as that is).

We’re definitely less open in the workplace here as well. It wouldn’t be considered SHAMEFUL to see someone taking out a pad or tampon here exactly, but I would say it’s the default mode to hide it in your pocket on the way to the bathroom. We’re just more secretive about it in general, which sucks, because the result is that I’m sure it makes periods seem more “dirty” even just on a subconscious level