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Penelope Cruz 'angry' about taboo surrounding menopause
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Penelope Cruz says society has perpetuated many taboos around women's health issues such as menstruation and menopause, which is disrespectful.
The 45-year-old actor said she was "angry" at how social structures, including families, don't even consider these topics worthy of a conversation. "Hormones rule the world ... I bet you weren't expecting to talk about hormones. Okay. Hormones. There are times in the life of a woman that have to be acknowledged, and understood and called by their name. There are too many taboos surrounding women's bodies and I think it equals a big lack of respect. You might be thinking, 'What is the relationship between hormones and respect?' It's completely related. Words like 'period', 'post-partum depression', 'menopause'. Even today, those words, you bring them up at a dinner table, everybody gets nervous. Even if it's a group of women, if men are also at the table, the energy gets very nervous. The peri-menopause goes from 40 to 50, and nobody talks about that. Society keeps things as a taboo and I'm really angry about this," Cruz told Tatler magazine for its August 2019 issue.
The Oscar-winning actor said though she is glad to see women being included in the showbiz more, there is still a long way to go.
- by Associated Press