A very frank and funny video about girls and their periods has generated a lot of discussion on the topic -- and you know our writers from The Stir had plenty to say about it!
Five writers talked about the now-infamous Camp Gyno YouTube video, which is being hailed as a 'revolutionary' advertisement that, for a change, doesn't hem and haw when it comes to discussing menstruation.
As our writers discussed the video, an equally interesting topic came up -- Most of us have planned what we'll tell our girls about their periods .... but what will you tell your boys? Here's what we think about that:
Honestly, I had never thought about what to tell my son about menstruation, but once the subject came up, I realized I DO NOT want him to be the annoying boy who teases girls about their periods. I also don't want him to be fearful about menstruation or think that it's weird or gross.
So yes, we will be having a conversation about it once he's nine or ten years old.
Perhaps you're wondering what all this Camp Gyno fuss is about in the first place? If you haven't seen the video, here it is:
I just had the 'Aunt Flo' conversation with my daughter. What made it far easier was the fact that I first gave her The Care and Keeping of You, a book published by American Girl that I can't recommend highly enough. Not only did it explain menstruation in simple, age-appropriate terms, it also covers all the changes girls bodies go through at puberty, something my nine-year-old is becoming very curious about. She has read the book through several times now and has now developed an elaborate toiletry routine each morning and evening as a result! CUTE.
I'd love to know your thoughts on all of this. What did you think of the Camp Gyno video? How did you tell your daughter about menstruation, or how will you? And what will you tell your sons?