Welcome to THE HOME.SEWN HOMEMAKER- an integrated makers and bakers platform where we will discuss the importance of a period.  I will let you decide which one.  

I've been debating this topic for a long, long time - but you know what?  Fuck it. 

Bodies are something worth talking about, especially when so much can go wrong.  Even more so when it's something that you really do not want to discuss with anyone. 

Does anyone remember sex-ed?  I feel like all they taught us little girls was 'how to open a maxi pad'.  That was it - no "here's how to use a tampon", or "you will probably lose your mind due to hormones at some point".  How to open a fucking maxi pad.  They probably did not even show us what to do with it.

Cool. 

Helpful.

You know what else they didn't tell you?  Everything.  Jesus Christ.  

I was talking to my group of gal pals earlier. We were talking about all of the things that no one tells you about being a woman, like what to expect...when you're not expecting.

They never really wrote a book about that.  Maybe I should write it?

Anyway, I recently had an ovarian cyst.  Which, if you didn't know, is VERY common in women.  What isn't common is it getting so big that it fucking explodes and just about throws your back out, leaving you halfway paralyzed for days.  But you know what they said?  It's normal, happens all of the time.

Why didn't they tell us that in sex-ed?  Why didn't they inform us that our periods were going to temporarily paralyze us at some point?

Why didn't they tell us about the dangers of ovarian cysts?  About how they're incredibly common and they THEY CAN HAVE FUCKING TEETH AND HAIR.  Try to unlearn that.  I will be right there with you trying to block it out of my memory for the rest of my life.

Why didn't anyone tell us about the dangers of birth control?  About the ease of pregnancy and the cost of having children?  Not only monetarily, but what it does to your body?

I do not recall anyone ever mentioning a pap smear - or ovarian cancer.  Nor did anyone ever mention toxic shock syndrome or hpv.

I grew up in the South.  You know what the big message was?  Abstinence.  VERY. FUCKING. HELPFUL Y'ALL.

Know what I read recently?  THE SOUTH LEADS THE FUCKING NATION IN TEENAGE PREGNANCIES.  Good thing they know how to use a maxi pad.

Can we all agree that something needs to be done about this?  Has anyone had sex-ed recently?  Or taught it?  I want to know what is being taught now - is it effective?  Are you guys still giving girls unnecessary lectures sponsored by Always?  

The last thing that I remember reading was about incorporating a sexual harassment lecture.  That's cool and all, but when are we going to start talking about our actual bodies?