As the Traditional Native American saying goes: "At a woman's first bleeding, she meets her power. In her bleeding years, she practices it. At menopause, she becomes it."
Award winning folk musician, comedian and sex education teacher Lucy Peach brings her period power crusade to Brighton.
Together with her husband, cartoonist Richard Berney, Lucy illustrates her menstrual cycle through music and comedy to show the world that a woman's monthly bleed is not a curse but a blessing.
The inspiration for My Greatest Period ever came to Lucy around ten years ago.
After reading some books as part of her role as a sexual health educator she began to use her cycle to navigate through life.
At first things did not take off quite as well as Lucy and Richard had hoped but after some time, people started to get excited.
She said: “It kind of exploded, it was like the world was ready.”
Talking to Lucy, it’s clear how passionate she is about showing the world periods should not be a taboo subject because, as she explains in her show, you either have a cycle or you know someone who does.
She said: “This idea that the menstrual cycle is something to be ashamed of or pushed through or tolerated has been the greatest tool in keeping women down.”
Lucy continued: “Periods have been so taboo, we haven't really been able to understand the gold in there and it's hard living in a world that's been linear when we are not linear and we are made to feel like there is something wrong with us. That's the bit I get really charged up about.”
Talking to Lucy made me feel empowered and positive towards my menstrual cycle in a way I never have before.
I learned more about my body in our 20–minute talk than in any lacklustre sex education class at school.
She explained we owe it to ourselves to get to know our cycles and discover the ‘gold’ within which enables us to achieve anything we want, to notice when we need time to rest and to take the time to do it.
Even when we feel we have nothing left to give, normally when we are premenstrual, it is still a meditative time where we can really get to know ourselves, quite literally inside out.
During our interview, Lucy explained a very interesting comparison of a neat little line between the treatment of women's bodies and the Earth – both are being pushed too far and need rest.
The way women are standing up and saying they want to understand their menstrual cycle and using eco friendly sanitary products (like Mooncups or reusable pads), is similar to the way we are standing up to climate change.
She said: “As the world grows up emotionally, we are all getting better at doing this stuff, saying how we feel, recycling and using solar powered cars. We have to get better at using what we have with wind power, solar power and menstrual power.”
In Lucy’s words, her show is a husband and wife duo navigating the emotional landscape of the menstrual cycle and giving audiences a crash course in understanding the power of the period.
It examines how periods affect the way women make decisions, how women feel, how it affects men and how both sexes can use this cycle of giving and taking to unlock their greatest inner powers.
Lucy performed My Greatest Period Ever at Brighton Fringe Festival May 8-11 and May 15-18 at the Brighthelm Centre, North Road.
For more information on the show, click here