Menstruation isn’t a common topic of conversation. For years, women felt they had to be silent when it came to their periods because they were taught it was gross or something to be dreaded. And unfortunately, many still do. However, a handful of celebrities are paving the way to a shame-free society by honestly and (sometimes) proudly talking about their monthly cycle.
Several female public figures are teaching women and girls that there’s nothing wrong with complaining about cramps, asking for a tampon at full volume, openly celebrating the fact that you finally got your period, comparing notes with friends, or educating others as to how the female body works. Everyone from Mindy Kaling to Amy Schumer have gotten real about their periods, sending the message that no period topic is off the table.
Here are some of the best quotes from famous women being blunt about bleeding.