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Men – Missing in Menstrual Management Design

Men – Missing in Menstrual Management Design

Year: 2015

Section: Brief Podium Papers

Editor: Amaresh Chakrabarti, Toshiharu Taura and Yukari Nagai

Author: L. Murthy1,2

Institution: 1Vikalpdesign, Udaipur, Rajasthan and 2Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India

Section: Brief Podium Papers

Pages: 340-347

ISBN: 978-1-904670-60-5

Abstract

Few men have dared to tread into the arena of menstrual management design. A
biological phenomenon – a body expulsion unique to women, menstruation is connected to
every man – through his mother, sister, wife, daughter, niece or aunt and yet it receives little
focus. This paper tracks two sides to the story. The first side illustrates instances where men
have not applied any creativity to menstruation management design and the consequence of
this. The second side shows cases where creativity has been applied and how this has had a
positive impact in improving women’s health. We focus on one movement in Southern
Rajasthan, India, the Surakshit Mahwari Abhiyan or Safe Menstruation Campaign, that has
the participation, sensitivity, creative contribution and support from men - critical components
that are urgently needed but are still missing in the area of designing for women’s needs.

Keywords: men, menstruation, creativity

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