It is also unacceptable to wash men’s clothes in the same bowl or machine as women’s garments, for fear of contamination or loss of power.
The traditional view in Myanmar is that women’s genitals are dirty, which leads to degrading views about women in general. Sex education is important in teaching women to value themselves.
They too must introspect and ask themselves what they can do to change their image.
In May, Myanmar’s Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, a state appointed organization representing over 500,000 Buddhist monks known as Ma Ha Na, issued a controversial order against the Ma Ba Tha nationalist group to remove its signboards across the country.
The committee’s order came in response to Ma Ba Tha’s association with anti-Muslim activities and amid calls from Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government that the Buddhist nationalist group was provoking instability.
For many women, this is the first time they have been able to talk about their bodies freely without fear of judgment.
By CAROLINE HENSHAW | AFP YANGON — Ma Thiri's heart started pounding and her whole body shook after she swallowed the final dose of pills that would end her unwanted pregnancy in a Yangon hotel.