While times are changing, there is still stigma and taboo surrounding conversations about periods. The only way to make real radical change is to include EVERYONE in the conversation.
Becoming a Flow Bro
To welcome non-menstruators into the conversation, we coined the term “Flow Bros.”
Defined: A non-menstruator who supports menstruators and advocates for freely accessible period products in public bathrooms.
We believe it’s important to normalize and educate boys about periods! By tiptoeing around the topic of periods, role models and authority figures are actively limiting their education and understanding of this normal bodily function.
From a young age and throughout their lives, those around us who do not menstruate should be educated on menstrual health the same way that those who do menstruate are taught.
Talking to boys about periods is important for several reasons.
Promotes Gender Equality
Educating boys and non-menstruators about periods can help break down gender stereotypes and promote gender equality. They can learn that menstruation is a natural bodily function and not something to be ashamed of or stigmatized.
Encourages Empathy and Understanding
By understanding what menstruation is and how it affects people who menstruate, boys can develop empathy and understanding towards their female peers, family members, and friends. This can help to reduce stigma and discrimination associated with menstruation.
Helps Reduce Period Poverty
When boys and non-menstruators are educated about periods, they can become advocates for better access to menstrual products in schools and communities. This can help to reduce period poverty and ensure that everyone who menstruates has access to the necessary products and resources.
Talking to boys about periods can improve communication between genders and foster a more open and supportive environment. This can help to reduce misunderstandings, promote inclusion and create a more positive culture.