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Periods From the Perspective of a Third-Culture Global Citizen

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Menstruation, even in the 21st century, is still taboo. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or how liberal you believe your thinking is, bodily fluids exerted by a menstruator once a month is more shocking than bodily fluids exerted on the daily, every morning, by everyone globally. As a woman who menstruates who has grown up in both developed and developing nations, I can say with certainty that my experiences, as different as they were in each country, were essentially identical. 

Horse-riding lessons in grade 6/7 in The Netherlands.

First week of horse-riding lessons in grade six in The Netherlands.

I am a woman, I have endured my periods in isolation. Even though I grew up relatively privileged, in expat communities and international schools, the host country, or country I lived in had a significant impact not only implicitly through what was taught in school, but also explicitly via the people I interacted with.

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Priyanka Srinivas

Priyanka is a second-year student at the University of British Columbia. Having lived in five countries, she has a profound connection with both people and places. Her international upbringing and perspective is a valuable asset and has spurred her interest in studying International Economics, specifically developmental economics and globalization. Priyanka enjoys media in every way shape and form, and strongly believes that it has a significant impact on one’s outlook and life. That media is an incredibly powerful tool if used correctly and weapon if used dangerously. In her free time she enjoys producing music, watching movies, and exploring new places.

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