I am going to be very honest and say, I do not understand how bleeding freely in public raises awareness about women who do not have access to tampons and feminine hygiene products.
Kiran Gandhi plays the drums for singer M.I.A and she recently ran the marathon in London the day after just getting her period.
She said she knew that wearing a pad or tampon would be uncomfortable during the race and decided what better time than at a marathon to create awareness.
“I ran with blood dripping down my legs for sisters who don’t have access to tampons and sisters who, despite cramping and pain, hide it away and pretend like it doesn’t exist.”
“I ran to say, it does exist, and we overcome it every day.”
I get it, there are women in this world in need of just basics feminine products living in misery monthly and as a result we have seen many groups starting to donate pads and tampons to various world charity based organizations.
We have friends in the natural hair community who have traveled to Africa from the US just to give feminine products to women in need.
Kiran Ganghi told Cosmopolitan that she ran through the pain of cramps and the anxiety of the race (which she had spent a year preparing for) and felt empowered as she did so.
“I felt kind of like, Yeah! F— you!,” she said. “I felt very empowered by that. I did.”
She told People online:
[she] decided to run without a tampon to highlight the sentiment of period-shaming and the language surrounding women’s menstrual cycles. She wrote on her site that “on the marathon course, sexism can be beaten.”
“If there’s one way to transcend oppression, it’s to run a marathon in whatever way you want,” she wrote. “Where the stigma of a woman’s period is irrelevant, and we can re-write the rules as we choose.”
Wearing a tampon or something that will keep your skin free of blood is not something that needs to be ‘beaten’. This is more about just being hygienic than it is about feminism and sexism.
We all have things that leave our bodies at any moment in time and as a result we do things, like shower, use toilet paper and wipes to keep ourselves clean. Whats the shame in that?
Free bleeding does not in my opinion raise awareness about women who do not have access to hygiene products as some of the other fortunate women in various parts of the world do.
If you want to help women then go to the store, purchase as many feminine hygiene products as you can and donate them to the nearest women’s shelter.
Do not freely bleed in public, take pictures and then talk about it with Cosmo!