#GenKnow – Debunking Myths & Empowering Young Women

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As you may remember, I participated in a roundtable discussion in NYC, with other bloggers, as part of Kotex’s Generation Know campaign. Generation Know is a program educating young women on women’s health, encouraging them to embrace their bodies and making discussion of the woman’s body less taboo and more commonplace.

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On and off camera, we spoke about everything affecting young women today: bullying, social media’s impact on the dissemination of information and women’s health (particularly periods). Embarrassing (and sometimes hilarious) first period tales broke the ice, while personal stories made us reflect and actually appreciate the monthly visitor.

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We shared the discreet nicknames we had for our period, all of the tales we have been told about periods, and had the opportunity to debunk those pervasive myths. (Note: 1. Drinking pineapple juice is not an effective form of birth control. 2. Sharks will not attack you just because you are on your cycle. 3. You CAN most definitely get pregnant while on your period.)

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By the end of the day, and after large general discussions and smaller themed chats, it became apparent that while “period talk” is something most of us stray away from, we women have similar gripes, concerns and experiences. Participating in Generation Know roundtable showed us that sparking a conversation with our peers, siblings, mentees and maybe even our mothers and older relatives, is the first major step in creating and fostering a world where women’s bodies (and their functions) are understood and celebrated.

For more information on the Generation Know campaign, and how YOU can be part of the movement & Get in the Know, visit out www.GenerationKnow.com

Want in on our #GenKnow discussions? Check out the Myths, Truth & Empowerment videos below!

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U by Kotex Brand is committed to empowering girls to change the way the world thinks about periods and vaginas through Generation Know, the first generation of girls comfortable asking questions, gaining real knowledge and spreading information about their health and bodies to others. To get the facts, learn how to make a difference and get a free Generation Know bracelet to symbolize your commitment, visit www.GenerationKnow.com. For every girl that joins, U by Kotex brand will donate to Girls For A Change to continue to create change.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by U by Kotex® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of U by Kotex®.

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