The Period Game: Innovating the “Taboo Topic” Featured

The world is constantly evolving, and so should we. Back in the day, discussions about body changes were made in low tones, at least in the generation, where I’m coming from. To discuss the seemingly “Taboo Topic” of puberty, menstruation and body changes, my mother took me into a room, and we spoke in low tones about my period and changes I should expect in my body like we were discussing some taboo. Most girls that grew up in my time literarily used the word “Period” like it as something to be mumbled, and never spoken aloud. Even the teachers in my school seemed quite uncomfortable teaching the topic, and I attended an all-girls’ high school, go figure.

How times have changed since then, today we encourage more open discussions about body changes in schools, among peers, and from parents. We try to ensure that teems and pre-adolescents are comfortable to ask questions and study about changes that are occurring, or about to occur in their bodies. While some may argue that they prefer the older ways, as the modern methods of liberal open discussions have created an unhealthy body awareness among preteens, many would say, the liberal method of communication has a lot of advantages.

Daniela Gilsanz and Ryan Murphy have gone a step further to innovate the teaching of the “Taboo Topic” – Menstruation, into an interesting game model – The Period Game.

The Period Game is a board game that teaches about menstruation. It aims to turn a typically uneasy situation/topic into a fun, positive, learning experience. The game teaches participants about what is happening within the body and how to “go with the flow.”

It also makes the game users, more comfortable with the use of the word “Period”, as it is pretty much impossible to play the game without saying words like “period” and “tampon”.

The Period Game is created not just to shifted change the way we talk about periods, but also to change the way we teach them. It Aims to De-Stigmatize Menstruation and is geared toward young people of all genders.

Here is a brief about the game:

The game helps break down the barriers between everyone playing and can often lead to honest conversations in the classroom between students and teachers, or at home between parents and children. In playing the game with young people, we’ve heard so many different period stories, says Daniela Gilsanz, one of the creators of The Period Game.


Boma Benjy Iwuoha

Last modified onSunday, 17 March 2019 09:28

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