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Taboo: On the rags, crimson wave, Aunt Flo … just say it. Period!

There’s still widespread stigma attached to menstruation. So when Melbourne artist Claire Weigall realised while talking to her daughter that she hadn’t quite overcome that learnt sense of feminine shame, she pulled out some blood-red yarn and started crocheting. Alexandra Alvaro continues our video series Taboo, going where others fear to tread.


Video report by Alexandra Alvaro



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THE CITIZEN is a publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. It has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs, giving them real-world experience in working for publication and to deadline. Find out more →

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