Will you share your gynecological CV?
Friday, when the sitarist Anoushka Shankar He shared his gynecological curriculum vitae on social networks, immediately generated a stir. In addition to describing how and why the uterus was removed in double surgery, he wrote: I have been perforated since I was young that, in regards to reproductive health, women are supposed to hide our symptoms and cope. I don't want to do that anymore. In 12 hours, its publication was shared more than 500 times. Many women agreed with her. Among them there were also female artists. CT contacted some of them to understand how comfortable they feel when talking openly about their gynecological problems. During the tours, do you share these problems with your male bandmates? Or is it still a very secret issue that disguises itself in more general terms such as feeling bad and health problems? Never mind sharing
Singer Somlata Acharya He has no problems with the conversation period. He may not have followed the path of Anoushka and has written explicitly on these topics, but the singer has no reservations about sharing them. “I feel comfortable talking about these issues. I find it something natural. It must not be hidden or be a scandal, ”says Somlata.
Strongly supporting Anoushka, Odissi Danseuse Sanchita Bhattacharya He says he won't mind doing the same on social media. She also refers to the Mahabharata and says that the epic also has references to Draupadi having her moon days. “I previously wrote on Facebook about the importance of teaching girls to say openly that they need a sanitary napkin because they have periods. There should be no guilt or shame in saying this, ”says Sanchita.
Comfort for being honest
Anoushka in his post has said how he allowed his internalized shame and shame around sexual health and his particular period to remain unanswered for all these years. But Friday's post changed everything. She wrote about how she had her first period when she was 11 years old and bled ten days at a time every 20-25 days and wrote about her horrendous cramps that made her roll on the floor in pain.
But do these cases also occur in the lives of artists in India where it is difficult to share their concerns related to women with the organizers? “Shyness has never deterred me from sharing my gynecological problems. But I would not share my health and other details of my life with almost anyone. The men, who mean a lot to me, including my father and my husband, know the details of me. There is no taboo to discuss it. But I don't feel comfortable disclosing any personal information with my organizers. That, I think, is a very formal setup, says the singer Lagnajita Chakraborty , who is now in Mumbai.
Often, people who are introverted in nature are more cautious about their personal lives. And then, there are others who share every portion of their lives in public. So, does sharing really depend on the mentality in general or the way of life of the individual? Odissi Danseuse, Dona Ganguly feels that it is not so much about gender as individual personality stripes. Since I've been fit since a very young age, cramps and other gynecological problems have never bothered me, says Dona.
But he also wants to respect a woman's decision not to want to talk about such issues in public. If it's okay with a woman who talks about her third marriage and someone who is reluctant about her divorce, Dona sees no reason not to respect a woman's choice to be reluctant to share her gynecological CV. “Choosing to talk about it or not right for me. I respect privacy I know people who are not very interested in sharing happy details of their lives either, ”she says.
The reception is a problem.
Leaving aside women who are not anxious to talk about these issues, there are still a large number of people who want to open up but are discouraged by the type of answers they get. Some fear the details of the contract and some still struggle for more and more people to realize. “We all know that the situation in the West is very different. Most of the organizers here believe that if they pay us, we will have to act no matter what. In addition, women artists traveling to the suburbs do not receive adequate toilet along the way. We have to face strange comments from the audience during the proceedings. If this is the type of projection that the organizers make for the public, how can you expect them to be sensitive to our gynecological problems? , Asks the singer Ujjaini Mukherjee .
The work comes first
Still, there are other artists who believe there is a lot at stake when an artist has signed up for a show. Apologizing for the actions citing gynecological problems is not so easy in India. “The work is worship for any performer. No one will want to hinder that. We try to accommodate ourselves, ”says Lagnajita. According to her, Dona adds: “You should also think about the costs involved in a particular program. For a great name like Shreya Ghoshal, retiring at the last moment while telling organizers why they can't act is not feasible. Artists have to keep their word. If we don't consider the genre at all, I know how Sourav (Ganguly) doesn't miss any of his television shows, even if he has health problems. A lot depends on him, ”he explains.
Awareness is the key
While many want to understand the point of view of the organizers, sharing with members of the band or team has become relatively easy over the years. “The situation is much better than it was before, when I started working. Some organizers are strict regarding the details of their contract and others simply do not realize that a performer could also have certain gynecological problems to deal with. This is where consciousness helps. I have 13-14 male team members. I have repeatedly told them to be sensitive to women's requirements. A few days ago, a member of the band had discussed my menopause problems with me, ”shares singer Lopamudra Mitra.
Still some are blessed with a very workable situation to handle such instances. For Somlata Acharya, her reliable team of managers handles all her concerns with the organisers. “I have never faced such a situation till date. Besides, my team does all the talking with the organisers. I find it a natural thing. Like mental health issues, such taboos too need to be broken, ”she says.
Some also feel that the ads and brands that serve women and their gynecological health should send a stronger and clearer message. “Giving women the right to talk about their gynecological problems is also a kind of independence that we look forward to. Protest when medical stores wrap sanitary packs in black polythene transport bags. It is important to give voice to these concerns because suppressing them can also generate more gynecological problems, explains Sanchita.
Perhaps, it is these inclusions that will help build a healthier society in the future.