26-year-old marathon runner Kiran Gandhi ran the London Marathon without a tampon during her period. She said she ran without a tampon during the race because it would have been painful to run with a tampon and she was also making a statement. "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.” Quick questions: How does her running around with blood everywhere get one tampon for her “sisters” that don’t have access to tampons? Who in the world doesn’t know that periods exist except for some children that may still be too young to be familiar with all of that? It’s not as if it’s some big secret.
Gandhi told People Magazine, “that 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. Where the stigma of a woman's period is irrelevant, and we can re-write the rules as we choose.’" Is period-shaming really that prevalent (even if one truly believes that is what Donald Trump meant with his Megyn Kelly comment)? This is taking a problem that doesn’t exist and trying to create one for attention and to further the feminist war on men as far as I can tell. I have never been around anyone that shamed another female for being on her period. I remember one time several years ago being around family that actually wanted discussion of a period to be more public rather than trying to hide it even though it would have been done in a restaurant around other people. So I am not familiar with this period shaming.
First it was feminists refusing to shave their armpits to combat a supposed societal stigma and now this. This does make me wonder about something though. How long is it going to be before people start complaining about urine shaming? I can see it now. Some media outlet doing a big editorial about the stigma against urine and how people should be free to pee their pants wherever they please. They’ll find some attention-starved person to pose for a photo with soaked pants and urine running down their legs yelling, “I stand with urine running down my legs for the people who can’t make it to the toilet in time or don’t have access to one. It’s time to stop hiding this away and pretending like it doesn’t exist. We should be proud of our pee because we overcome it every day. No more urine shaming. Pee pride!”