This Period Board Game Will Help Teach Your Kids About Menstruation Without the Stigma

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It's about time we ended the stigma behind menstruation.

This Period Board Game Fights the Stigma Behind Menstruation

When I went through puberty, periods – and talking about periods – were taboo. Menstruation was the kind of topic that turned every male history teacher/gym coach turn bright red. It was the kind of thing you could only discuss in hushed tones. You couldn't even take out a tampon or pad in broad daylight in fear of being shamed by your class. And that is exactly why designers Daniela Gilsanz and Ryan Murphy made The Period Game, a board game made to teach participants about the menstrual cycle and things that may happen during your period.

Initially, the duo made the period board game at the Rhode Island School of Design when they were assigned to make a game about the body. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Gilsanz and Murphy revealed that when they presented their game about the menstrual cycle, their peers were notably uncomfortable with the subject at hand, despite being a room full of 20-somethings. However, that tune shifted as they went on to play the game.

"Watching our peers get more comfortable with the subject while playing the game clued us in that we made a tool that might help move us forward," Gilsanz said. "Then watching that same pattern happen again and again as we tested with young people really reaffirmed that we were onto something."

In 2016, the game creators launched a Kickstarter to bring their vision to life. And now, after two years of testing and manufacturing their product, you can pre-order The Period Game online.

According to The Huffington Post, the game is targeted at prepubescent young people. However, it can be fun – and educational – for anyone who wants to learn about – and openly talk about – the menstrual cycle, including adults, teacher, and men.

“We hope that young people of all genders will have a better understanding of menstruation," Gilsanz said. "Forty-eight percent of women never had a conversation about periods or what to expect before their first period, and in 2019 that’s no longer okay. It’s important that everyone understands what’s happening in the menstruating body.”

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