— 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.

Milk Magazine (English) - - EDUCATION - Élise Thiébaut, jour­nal­ist and au­thor

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!

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