Menstrual Experience of Transmen: A Study of Trauma, Taboo and Concealment

Chaithanya, K and Krishna, Niyathi R (2022) Menstrual Experience of Transmen: A Study of Trauma, Taboo and Concealment. Inclusive: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF KOLKATA CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDIES, 2 (21). pp. 61-74.

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Abstract: The medical, academic and research discussions on menstruation are still roaming around the menstrual experience of cis women. It never documents the experience and problems of transmen who are menstruating. This study aims to understand and analyse the trauma, taboo and concealment that menstruating transmen experience; its impact on their physical and mental well-being; and the inclusion of transmen into health policy frameworks as an intervention to gender dysphoria. Using purposive and snowball sampling methods, case studies of six transmen belonging to Kerala, India, are collected through in-depth interviews carried out in the year 2020. A menstruating body in a male gender creates an additional hurdle for them. All the respondents identified menstruation as a body process which alienates them from their gender. The respondents have faced many physical difficulties as well such as using men’s public rest room during menstruation, access to menstrual products, lack of comfort, shame and trauma while using them and gender dysphoria during their menstrual days. The study suggests government initiatives and policy frameworks regarding menstrual hygiene, best practices and support mechanisms, which should include non-binary people too. This will promote sustainable menstrual practices and ensure well-being of all people who are menstruating.
Item Type: Journal Paper
Keywords: Transmen, Gender diversity, Menstruation, Trauma, Gender dysphoria, Taboo
Subjects: School of Social Sciences > Sociology
Doctoral Programme > PhD Scholar Publications
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2022 18:26
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 18:26
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