Beginning in 1946 and continuing into the 1960s, Disney gave young women the “talk” about their periods with an educational animated short titled The Story of Menstruation. The 10-minute stylized animation, produced by Walt Disney Productions, was backed by the company behind tampon brand Kotex (then it was the International Cello-Cotton Company, now it’s Kimberly-Clark). Kotex boasts that it taught 105 million girls, in health education classes across the United States, about puberty and good ol’ Aunt Flo.
All these millions of girls were also given Very Personally Yours, a propagandic booklet that expands on the film’s knowledge.
The female narrator explains that this booklet “explodes that old taboo against bathing during your period.”
Not only can you bathe, you should bathe. Because during menstruation, your perspiration glands are working overtime.
These young women were also given pointers on how to suck it up when they are feeling irritable:
Don’t let it get you down. After all, you have to live with people. You have to live with yourself too. And once you stop feeling sorry for yourself and take those days in your stride, you’ll find it’s easier to keep smiling and even tempered.
And as for the old taboo against exercise, that’s nonsense. Exercise is good for you during menstruation. Just use common sense.
Watch it for yourself and see if you learn anything new about that time of the month.