— My 13-year-old daughter has had her first period. She seems embarrassed about it and I don’t know how to broach the subject with her to dispel her unease.
It’s not an easy subject to broach, because it refers to an ancient taboo that regarded woman as unclean during menstruation; in the depths of the subconscious, periods were dirty and unpleasant. Yet menstruation is a sign of good health, fertility and sexual maturity. That might be scary, but it above all denotes the prospect of pleasure. In Les Règles, quelle
aventure!, the illustrator and I sought to turn this subject into something to be curious about, something to talk about, even laugh about, to lighten the atmosphere. Talking about periods is important, since it enables us to talk about preventing menstruation-related diseases such as endometriosis. And that helps girls not to feel ashamed when they have them!