I came home from sex ed and asked my mum to help me insert a tampon, because that’s what the school nurse told us to do. It never occurred to me that my mother would think that was dirty or wrong, but she immediately brushed off the request as disgusting.
After that, I felt disgusting too. I was unable to insert a tampon because I didn’t understand where it should actually go, and I struggled to find any semblance of body positivity.
I want my daughter to get through life with far less shame. As little shame as possible, honestly. And I knew this as soon as I found out that I was going to be a mother.
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