Ushna Shah Has A Message For Pakistani Society: Normalize Menstrual Cycle!
Ushna Shah Urges Pakistani Men To Be Okay With 'That Time Of The Month'
Ushna Shah is not one to hold back or shy away from speaking her mind which lands her in trouble more often than not, however, the actress made a bold and valid point by suggesting that men should be comfortable with women's "that time of the month".
Just what is Ushna Shah talking about is something every girl goes through on a monthly basis and which is not talked about much and considered taboo in this male-dominated patriarchal society of ours, and that is the menstrual cycle or periods.
Our society already has unrealistic and often, dumbfounded expectations of women, and celebrities like Ushna Shah are breaking the stereotype and schooling everyone in their path, albeit at the expense of being called rude or outspoken.
Earlier this week, Ushna Shah had admitted to enjoying being “thick” when a troll had called her fat. Now that's how you reply to such people!
And now, she is openly talking about women’s menstrual health. She recently took to Instagram and shared her thoughts on being body-shamed. When a user advised her to keep her “gaining weight” in check, the Balaa star had penned:
"I am no longer 21. I am a grown woman who enjoys food and has a naturally curvy body type. I am most comfortable in this weight because this is who I am and am very much in control of how I want to look. Society and sample sizes don't define my standard of beauty; I set my own and I like being fit and thick!"
Ushna Shah has now set her sights on normalizing the menstrual cycle in today's society. In a picture posted from presumably the sets of an upcoming project, she can be seen sitting with a heating pad on her abdomen.
"Dear men. Normalize being normal about women's Time of The Month, please. You cannot begin to imagine how difficult this time is for us. The difficulty varies from woman to woman but for many of us, it is a week (or more) of pure hell."
"I am talking PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) or even PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) for a week prior to the actual cycle, including mood swings, depression, indigestion, nausea, hunger, acne, and insomnia, to name a few."
The starlet attempted to explain the agony faced by women when they are on their period.
"And then, the day comes when it begins. It is uncomfortable, messy, painful (the cramps; oh God, the cramps!), the swelling (note my hands), bloating, water retention, many of the previous symptoms," she continued. "The truth is, all women go through this and it is nothing to be ashamed of. If we take away the embarrassment and stop being awkward about it, you can help us deal with it and make our days easier."
"This picture is from right now. I walked on to a set filled with men, by a production house run entirely by men. Not a single woman on set aside from me. But thankfully, I could open up to my team and these men went out of their way to make sure I'd be as comfortable as possible." Ushna Shah penned. "From a hot water bottle (and continuous refills) to soup to rest between takes, I am in good hands today. Please make it so that the women in your home and workplace are also in good hands!"
Kudos to Ushna Shah for standing up for all women!