How Women Around the World Talk About Their Periods

We have a lot of different ways to talk about menstruation: "I’m on my period," "Code red," "Aunt Flow is in town." Here’s how women in other countries talk about that time of the month.

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In France:

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"Les Anglais ont Débarqué"
Translation: The English have landed (because British soldiers were redcoats… Get it?)

In Denmark:

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"Der Er Kommunister i Lysthuset"
Translation: There are communists in the funhouse.

In South Africa:

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"Granny’s stuck in traffic."

In Brazil:

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"Eu sou com Chico."
Translation: I’m with Chico (i.e. socialist Chico Mendes who was assassinated in the 80s).

In China:

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"Little sister has come."

In Ireland:

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"I’m wearing a jam rag."

In Germany:

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"Erdbeerwoche"
Translation: Strawberry week

In Japan:

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"Ichigo-chan"
Translation: Little Miss Strawberry

In England:

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"I’m flying the Japanese flag."

In Finland:

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"Hullum lechman tauti."
Translation: Mad cow disease

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