FEMALE SEXUAL MYTHS: “SEX IS DIRTY” AND “SEX DURING MENSTRUATION IS HARMFUL”
SEX is DIRTY: 'How can people read such books?', exclaimed one of my shocked secretaries as she saw some pictures on sexual anatomy. 'Shi! Shi! Sex is dirty', she said and covered her face with both hands while peeping at the pictures through her fingers, her innate curiosity getting the better of her sexual inhibitions! It was not the fault of the young lady that her mother had drilled into her from childhood false notions about sexuality. Emancipated women are more knowledgeable about sex than their orthodox sisters, but one has only to remove their liberated mask to reveal their innate puritan make-up.
SEX DURING MENSTRUATION is HARMFUL: Until recently, almost all cultures considered menstruation as something unclean and a curse on women. Even today innumerable women in our country are segregated during those days till they have a ritual bath. It is now accepted that the period is a normal physiological phenomenon of the female reproductive cycle. Sex during a period is not harmful, apart from being messy. Many female patients have told me that they enjoy sex more during a period. However, male prejudices die hard and a lot of men are still averse to it.