Oscars 2019: Will Films Like Period. End of Sentence. Rid Us of Taboos Around Menstruation?

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Oscars 2019: Will Films Like Period. End of Sentence. Rid Us of Taboos Around Menstruation?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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eriod. End Of Sentence. It’s well done, but it’s about women getting their period, and I don’t think any man is voting for this film because it’s just icky for men.”

If you thought this was your cranky, old great-grandfather’s opinion on the Oscar-winning documentary, Period. End Of Sentence., you would be sorely mistaken. These pearls of wisdom were belched out — anonymously, of course — by a male member of the 519-people-strong director’s branch of the Academy Awards. Oh, the delicious irony of a movie deemed “icky” by a man of substantial privilege and clout simply because it speaks of a severely stigmatised biological reality ultimately winning the Oscar. Tragically, the opinion isn’t isolated or even all that surprising. It just goes to show how deep the prejudice against this cyclical bodily function runs in even modern, educated, and progressive parts of the world.  

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