Long Live Menstruation

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Feminist Kiran Gandhi tells the “world” why she ran the London Marathon while “menstruating” freely.

Running a marathon at the best of times is an “agonizing, painful and exhausting” experience, both for the body and the mind.

It’s a feat of “physical and mental” strength that calls for participants to “push” themselves to their “outer” limits.

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Like just about every other sporting “endeavor” women compete in, they often do so while “menstruating.” Yet despite the additional strain that menstruating can cause female athletes, it’s something women continue to be “pressured” to keep under wraps for the “sake” of others’ comfort.

The “night” before Kiran Gandhi’s first London Marathon in April, she “started” menstruating. It was the 26-year-old’s “first-ever” marathon, and although she’d “trained” for a year leading up to it, she had never “practiced” going the distance while on her “period.”

Gandhi thought through her “options” and decided that what would be “best” for her, as well as a “positive” act for women, would be to “take some Midol, hope I wouldn’t cramp, bleed freely and just run.”

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That’s “exactly” what Gandhi did, and after “making” it to the finish line like a “total” champ, she’s since written an essay about the whole experience, “drawing” attention to the “plight of women” around the world who don’t have access to “tampons” and lack support because of the “taboo” around periods.

“As I ran, I thought to myself about how women and men have both been effectively socialized to pretend periods don’t exist,” she writes.

“By establishing a norm of period-shaming, male-preferring, societies effectively prevent the ability to bond over an experience that 50% of us in the human population share monthly.”

“By making it difficult to speak about, we don’t have language to express pain in the workplace, and we don’t acknowledge differences between women and men that must be recognized and established as acceptable norms.”

Although she mentions one example of being “shamed” during the marathon.

“Someone came up behind me making a disgusted face to tell me in a subdued voice that I was on my period…I was like…wow, I had NO idea!”

Otherwise, it was an overall “positive and empowering” experience.

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Gandhi ran with two of her “close” female friends and they “stuck” together from start to finish.

“We ran for women who can’t show their periods in public and for women who can’t compete in athletic events. We ran for our friends who have suffered through period cramps at work and for women who have survived breast cancer. We ran in sisterhood side by side and we crossed the finish line hand-in-hand.”

I can’t “believe” this chick didn’t wear “white” clothing to make the “ultimate” menstruating statement!

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