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Encouraging open and honest talk about periods

Meet the Facilitator: Karen

You've probably all heard about our betty buses, right? Our pink and yellow beauties are travelling around the country encouraging young boys and girls everywhere to be more open and honest about that time of the month. We thought you'd want to meet some of our fabulous betty ambassadors who are leading the way in encouraging those conversations.

This week we'd like to introduce you to Karen!

Since graduating from Drama Studio London two years ago Karen has worked mainly in classical theatre, including lots of Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde plays. She got the chance to go all contemporary recently when she did a one woman show called Fan Girl as part of the Camden Fringe. She quite enjoys being an actress and facilitator but is keeping a career as a Shania Twain/Celine Dion impersonator in her back pocket.

 

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I am a direct descendant of Anne Boleyn.

What is your favourite thing about the betty bus?

I love the journey that the workshop inspires in the girls and boys. In terms of the girls on the bus, they get so comfortable with the vocabulary and practicalities of periods. They are shouting period related words from the top of the slide - when they wouldn't even whisper them beforehand. I'm also really inspired by the ethos of sisterhood and friendship that the girls are so much a part of.

Why do you think the betty bus is so important?

I wish I had something like the Betty Bus when I was at school. I think it's so important that we re-write how women talk about and think about their bodies. So often we as women are conditioned to hate our bodies and be disgusted by the aesthetics and mechanics, when the the human body deserves to be celebrated.

The female body is incredible.*

*The male body is also incredible.

Your favourite moment of the tour so far?

I really enjoyed our training week. It was lovely to meet new people and feel like we are part of this incredible social movement. It was very inspiring.

Tell us a period cringe (we’ve all got one, hey)

I was at my sixth form prom wearing a white dress and had a feeling I may have started my period a bit early. I went to the loo and indeedy I had literally just started. My bestie luckily had a tampon in her bag so I was saved and any embarrassment was prevented. She's still my bestie too!

Tell us your period craving?

A Wispa bar and a strong cup of tea. Yum!

Your favourite thing to do when you have your period is…?

Go for a swim.

Want to find out more about the betty bus team? Follow their antics on Twitter @bettybusteam!