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19.1.16

OVERCOMING TABOOS & STARTING CONVERSATIONS: #LETSTALKABOUTIT

Ladies, it's 2016. We live in a land that promotes freedom of thought and expression, encourages individuality and is totally intolerant to discrimination. Feminism has never been more topical and women's rights for equality have never been more on the agenda. Collectively we campaign for gay marriage, an end to FGM (female genital mutilation) and the right for smear tests from an appropriate age - but it seems we still shy away from some of the most relevant and basic issues that effect us as women. It seems that many bodily functions and processes still have a stigma attached, preventing us from actually discussing what could potentially be an important issue with even our closest of friends; from periods, pooping and waxing your foof, to depression, boobs and dealing with an STI, it's about time we opened up a conversation and stopped being embarrassed about things that impact us all. That's why I'm starting a new project simply called #LetsTalkAboutIt. I'm a firm believer in using my platform and influence to overcome barriers and provide a support network for those who need it, and this is the next step on that journey. 


I've written many times about everything from colonic irrigation and smear tests to intimate hygiene, tampons and dealing with mental health conditions that include depression and trichotillomania; over the coming weeks I'm going to re-visit some of the topics I've already covered, but also introduce new issues and concerns that could effect a huge proportion of us - but are just not openly discussed as much as we may like. Topics already on my list include period pain, post natal depression, food intolerances, constipation, sexually transmitted infections, birth control, breast examinations, hair loss, hair removal, smear tests, grey hair, hormone replacement therapy, bladder weakness, bad breath and so much more. From explaining how to look after your body in the most effective way,  providing a portfolio of options that allow you to find the right answer for you, and just starting a conversation about a topic perceived to still be a little 'taboo', I really hope that this could be the start of something really positive.

I've got a few guest posts lined up, hoping to bring different perspectives and experiences into the mix (because I don't know everything!) so if you're interested in contributing a piece on a topic that's close to your heart, please do get in touch. I've re-categorized a lot of previous posts so they can all be found in one place here (you can also find them via the #LetsTalkAboutIt tab in the drop-down category menu,) so in lieu of the  forthcoming topics do have a little rummage around and read what you may have missed already. Do please use the hashtag and start conversations of your own, or if you're a little shy do get in touch anonymously with any questions, concerns or comments. I'd love to know your thoughts on this, whether or not you'd like to get involved or if you have any ideas about how we can raise awareness of this little project. We all have boobs, bums and vaginas - so let us celebrate them in all their wonky, hairy, sometimes smelly greatness. After all, men talk about their willies at every given opportunity...

What topics would you like to see covered in my #LetsTalkAboutIt series? Have you discussed any 'taboo' subjects on your blog that you'd like to share below?

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16 comments

  1. Looking forward to this!

    Ashley
    http://www.ashleyelizabethbeauty.com

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  2. This is really great! I can't wait to read some of the topics.

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  3. I just want to say, good for you! I think that taboos are harmful to your health and that there is so much that we need to be more open about. I know it's not a body related issue, but equal pay for men and women, and the topic of wages and finances in general might also be a good topic to tackle as so many struggle to appear better off than they are. I'd say its a mental health issue. Good luck with your new blog series. Geenie.x

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    1. That's a really good idea Geenie - it's an issue that impacts us all, so well worth opening up a discussion. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  4. This series sounds so great and honestly it's the only blogger series I've been excited for - so keep the idea running!

    emerald | Life By Emerald

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  5. Such a fantastic idea! I look forward to reading these posts. I'm new to blogging and I have a post planned which I hope to do soon, based on my new-found love for the feminine hygiene brand, Sass, and how it has changed my habits and my views. Not your usual beauty blog topic but I think its important to talk about all aspects of our health and beauty routines.

    Love, Siobhan

    www.feelingprettyvintage.co.uk

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  6. This is brilliant! I love this Hayley and I can't wait to read everything you have lined up! Period pain is something I have always suffered with! Any tips will be greatly appreciated!

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. Eugh, that's the worst. It's on my list!

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  7. I think it’s great you plan to focus on health and wellbeing topics. As we’re getting older, we’re all going to experience certain ailments so every bit of advice helps.

    Looking forward to the reads :)

    - Lubna | The Digital Review

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  8. I think this new series is a brilliant idea, Hayley! Using your platform and influence to open up discussions about taboo subjects is just fantastic, and will hopefully enlighten and inspire readers. I have just emailed you in regards to writing a guest post for LBQ, as part of this series.

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

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    1. Thanks Laura! Hope to have you on site in the future. x

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  9. I am glad I am not the only one who likes to talk about lasering your ladybits and zapping facial hair to name a few taboo subjects x

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  10. I suffer from hair loss if you need any input

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  11. I can't wait for these posts!

    www.svenjournal.com

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  12. I love this idea and can't wait to see and read more.

    http://toastoclock.blogspot.co.uk/

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