oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - Why South Africa should provide free sanitary pads for its women - feature

Volume 20 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1684-260X



Menstruation has been a taboo topic since time immemorial. One may ask why that is, given that it is a natural, inescapable biological process most if not all women inevitably experience. Menstrual blood is violence-free blood, yet for many it is offensive for the ear to hear of it and distasteful for the tongue to speak of it. How is it that we can indulge in conversation about someone murdering his family with an axe, but find it appalling even to mention a woman being on her period?

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