Ingrid Nilsen is rising through the YouTube ranks this year with one of the most shipped relationships of all time as well as an active involvement with charitable and good-feeling events. And now, in partnership with Project For Awesome, Ingrid is making sure we all start to talk about the health of our vaginas.
The stigma surrounding periods and how to care for ourselves during the most critical time of our female lives is terrifyingly taboo. Women are taught to be embarrassed and ashamed of the natural processes their body goes through, but Ingrid has had enough of it.
In the video above, Nilsen works with the female-focused company Conscious Period, who highlight some truly horrific facts about the tampon industry that need to be brought to public attention:
- Companies are not required by law to list the ingredients/materials list of their pads and tampons
- US Food Stamps and UK Benefits do not cover the cost and need to purchase feminine hygiene products
- But the most hotly debated fact: Tampons are consisted a ‘luxury item’ and are taxed among with perfumes and cars.
Whilst Ingrid’s video shows their positive energy overflowing as they assemble Hygiene Kits for homeless women (consisting of pads, fresh underwear, toothpaste, toothbrushes and more), the concept of ‘vagina talk’ is still a massively taboo subject across the whole planet.
In the hopes that she can change the lives of women to ensure their safety and ability to communicate freely about their health needs, Ingrid represents the attitude that all 21st century humans need to take when it comes to taboo conversational topics. The most prominent of these being the health of the vagina.
10s of millions of women face problems with their periods every day that stop them from working, studying or even leaving their house on certain days of the month. By opening up a judgement free channel of discourse with other women, hopefully we can all diminish the myths and fears we’ve all had to suffer with since our very first period – a traumatic experience for us all, I’m sure.
We at Unicorns HQ hope you take Ingrid’s words to heart. Take a look at Project For Awesome and see how you can help out her cause!