Sorry World, Women Have Periods Whether You Like It Or Not


Instagram has a problem with periods. Recently, the social media app removed several pictures uploaded by poet and photographer Rupi Kaur because they violated the “community guidelines.” Her violation was posting pictures that showed her menstruating.

Part of an artistic collaboration between Rupi and Prabh Kaur, the art project was done to expose that even though we are comfortable with sexualizing women, belittling and abusing them, we are still disgusted by the menstrual cycle.What is often dismissed as dirty, unclean, and perverse is just a part of some female bodies and should not be a source of ridicule.

Thankfully, due to major outcry from other users, Instagram re-uploaded the pictures and Rupi released a message of thanks to followers and supporters.

Our periods are something we are told should make us uncomfortable, and those around us (mostly men) even more so. They’re constantly used against women—as explanation for things as simple as being sad or a rationale for why we shouldn’t be President. The Kaur sisters wanted to normalize something that, while normal to most women, is still treated like something revolting and unnatural. Just like it’s okay to celebrate the latest cat picture, it should be okay to celebrate periods. A little menstrual blood never hurt anyone.

Image c/o Ruki Kaur and Prabh Kaur

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