Have you seen the above picture on Instagram? Well if you haven’t it might be because instagram removed the picture siting ‘violation of community rules’ several times.
The photo was posted by Poet and Artist Rupi Kaur who has photos displaying some of the things all women are familiar with when it comes to having a period.
Like being curled up in a ball with a hot water bottle on our tummy due to cramps, leaks and blood on our legs. This is normal right? Of course it is, we all experience it and these days women have found creative ways to celebrate it. After all we are the vessels of the entire human race and menstruation is an intricate parts of that process.
Since being subject to distinct unfairness by @Instagram, Rupi decided to address the situation head on and we couldn’t help but share her expert read, here!
thank you @instagram for providing me with the exact response my work was created to critique. you deleted a photo of a woman who is fully covered and menstruating stating that it goes against community guidelines when your guidelines outline that it is nothing but acceptable.
the girl is fully clothed. the photo is mine. it is not attacking a certain group. nor is it spam. and because it does not break those guidelines i will repost it again.
i will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak. when your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified. pornified. and treated less than human. thank you.
this image is a part of my photoseries project for my visual rhetoric course. you can view the full series at rupikaur.com the photos were shot by myself and @prabhkaur1
i bleed each month to help make humankind a possibility. my womb is home to the divine. a source of life for our species. whether i choose to create or not. but very few times it is seen that way. in older civilizations this blood was considered holy. in some it still is. but a majority of people.
societies. and communities shun this natural process. some are more comfortable with the pornification of women. the sexualization of women. the violence and degradation of women than this. they cannot be bothered to express their disgust about all that.
but will be angered and bothered by this. we menstruate and they see it as dirty. attention seeking. sick. a burden. as if this process is less natural than breathing. as if it is not a bridge between this universe and the last. as if this process is not love. labour. life. selfless and strikingly beautiful.
Then she posted the following on Tumblr: