Heather Watson breaks period taboo at Australian Open
It just was one of those days for me. I felt very light-headed and low on energy - you know it's a shame that it's today. With the way I as feeling... um it didn't do me any favours today ... the last couple days I felt fine. I think it's just one of these things that I have, girl things. It just , yeah, happens.- Heather Watson, Britain's number one ranked female tennis player, giving a post-match interview to the BBC and smashing a taboo in the process
Heather Watson's plainspoken remarks about a disappointing showing at the Australian Open, have sparked some much bigger conversations... both about how menstruation affect's female athletes' on-court abilities.... and about why such a natural topic remains so out-of-bounds for discussion today.
Now Ms. Watson's comments are being hailed by many as a breakthrough moment for sport. Not everyone's cheering -- But to start let's hear from someone who's been there herself as an elite tennis player, and who has publicly praised Heather Watson's candour.
Annabel Croft is a former British number one tennis player and co-founder of Diary Doll, a company that makes protective underwear for women. She joined us from Kingston, England.
Well, tennis star Heather Watson has been widely celebrated in recent days for merely discreetly alluding to her period... but the reaction hasn't been wholly unmixed.
Karen Houppert, for one, has a different perspective. She is a journalist and author of "The Curse: Confronting the Last Unmentionable Taboo: Menstruation." Karen Houppert was in Baltimore.
Well it might be unmentionable to some... but what do you think? Should female athletes - or anyone else for that matter - be more open about talking about menstruation?
This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins.