This company is offering period badges to remove stigma in the workplace

Would you wear a badge to let your colleagues know it's your time of the month?

It's one of the most natural things in humanity, however it's also the most stigmatised and hidden. Most women suffer in silence when going through their monthly cycle at work, running secret trips to the bathroom and panicking if they might be out of tampons.

While half the earth's population goes through the painful week each month, a third of male office workers think talking about periods is unprofessional. To combat this, a company in Japan has offered a way that may help their female workers quietly let their colleagues know what they're going through.

Michi Kake in Japan have created 'period badges' for those who would like to pin them to their clothes, subtlely letting their co-workers aware that they're through their cycle.

The paper 'period badge' is of a Japanese manga cartoon character in the shape of pink heart, called 'Little Miss Period', and is only offered as an option, not as a requirement.


The store sells female sexual and menstrual health products, and are hoping that this initiative helps de-stigmatise one of the most natural things that affects half of the world's population.

“In Japan, there is a tendency for women’s sexuality and periods to be subjects ‘not to be mentioned’,” store manager Takahiro Imazu told WWD Japan.

“Not all customers will react positively to [this shop]. But the fem tech boom is growing, and the values of young people are changing with it," she added.

So what do you think? Would you wear this?

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