IJSSH 2013 Vol.3(6): 523-527 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2013.V3.296

Menstruation, Religion and Society

Aru Bhartiya
Abstract—All religions of the world have placed restrictions on menstruating women. Be it Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism or Buddhism. Sikhism is the only religion where the scriptures condemn sexism and don’t impose any restriction on menstruating women. This paper discusses how a menstruating woman is treated and viewed in the major religions. Further it goes on to discuss how society treats and views menstruating women. The different facets of this topic discussed in the paper are: different euphemisms used for menstruation, sources of information for girls, advertisements and how open we are talking about this natural physiological process.

Index Terms—Menstruation, women, society, religion.

Aru Bhartiya is with the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India (e-mail: aru.bhartiya@gmail.com).

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Cite:Aru Bhartiya, "Menstruation, Religion and Society," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 523-527, 2013.

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