—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.
—Menstruation, women, society, religion.
Aru Bhartiya is with the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India
Cite:Aru Bhartiya, "Menstruation, Religion and Society," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 523-527, 2013.