Have you seen actor Shoaib Ibrahim’s cooking skills? The actor went about doing the housework so his wife Dipika could take a rest during her period.
Shoaib Ibrahim, who took up vlogging during the lockdown, has been winning hearts on social media with his latest YouTube video. His new video is buzzing over the internet that talks about normalising the conversation around periods, and also how men can support women during this time.
This video opens with Shoaib in the kitchen making tea for his wife, actor Dipika Kakar. The actor shares that he helps her out by cooking so she can take a rest when his wife is going through her period days.
It’s still a taboo in Indian families to talk about menstruation, acknowledges Shoaib. He also encourages his male fans to support the women during their periods. At the end of the video, Dipika Kakar also makes an appearance as she proudly lauds her husband for talking about this important subject.
The couple met on the sets of Sasural Simar Ka, after being close friends for a while they started dating and tied the knot in 2018.
Here’s the video:
All men must watch, says Shoaib
Shoaib said that this vlog is especially for men who have wives, sisters or female friends. He says men must understand that women put up a brave face, and continue their daily routine, despite the pain they go through during their periods.
Men should understand that and take proper care of them, especially during those 5-7 days.
He highlighted the need for emotionally supporting them and undertook the responsibility of cooking during the 2nd day of Dipika’s periods.
Discard superstitions and normalise conversations around periods
There are many myths and superstitions surrounding periods that are still prevalent in our society. Some of them are: a menstruating woman shouldn’t touch pickles, she should not enter a place of worship or kitchen.
We also need conversations around how most women need to take a rest during their periods while talking about so many do’s and don’ts, and that people around them must support them during those days.
Many of us are not the ‘superheroes’ shown in sanitary napkins advertisements on TV who can run from one place to another during periods. We need rest too, and as rightly pointed out by Shoaib Ibrahim, people, especially men, need to understand that women need a break from their daily routine.
For people to provide support, especially emotional support during the 5-7 days, conversations around periods need to start happening. It is only possible when we start seeing menstruation as a natural part of every woman’s life and make attempts to destigmatize it.