“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”, she wrote.
Kiran wrote of her thought process and admitted to almost dropping out of the marathon. The runner has written down all about her experience in her blog.
According to PEOPLE, Gandhi, who previously played the drums for rapper M.I.A.
Gandhi’s family cheered her on during the race and as she passed them she initially found herself trying to pull down her shirt to cover the blood on her leggings, but she quickly realized they didn’t care about her appearance. She explained in the post that millions of women face financial, societal or other barriers when they have their periods. F-k you! I felt very empowered by that.
Kiran, who believes the rules would be different if men had periods, added: ‘It’s intelligently oppressive to not have language to talk about it and call it out and engage with it. I really can’t think of anything that’s the equivalent for men, and for this reason, I believe it’s a sexist situation’. And for those that do, the marathoner wants childbearing women to embrace their periods. Earlier this year in March a young artist named Elonë took to the streets of Germany and displayed (clean) menstrual pads on street corners with a goal of “putting social issues into perspective”. While I understand Gadhi’s perspective, I would never mimic her same sentiments.
The fact that I can’t even drop the M-word in front of male colleagues without them harrumphing awkwardly, looking at their shoes and changing the subject when their wives, girlfriends and mothers all undertake a perfectly natural female bodily function, proves this. But would I bleed freely in a public place to advocate for it?
“If there’s one person society can’t eff with, it’s a marathon runner”, Gandhi shared on Medium. “I could definitely choose to participate in this norm at the expense of my own comfort and just deal with it quietly”. Gandhi stood strong and made it to the finish line enduring cramps, but felt very empowered for the obstacle she overcame.
What do you think of her choice?