There’s A Chick Who Is Breaking Down ‘Period Shame’ By Doing Yoga While Wearing All White On Her Period
Hey guys, did you know that people are period shaming women? Me either. But apparently period shaming is a thing according to yoga instructor Steph Gongora.
She shared a video of her performing yoga while wearing all white while on her period to raise awareness for period shaming. It is called “free bleeding,” meaning that she was not using a cup, tampon or pad while menstruating, thus blood seeps through her white yoga pants. I can only describe the video as imagine the flag of Japan.
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I am a woman, therefore, I bleed. . It's messy, it's painful, it's terrible, & it's beautiful. . And yet, you wouldn't know. Because I hide it. . I bury things at the bottom of the trash. I breathe, ragged and awkward through the cramps, all the while holding onto this tight lipped, painted on smile. . Tampons? Shhh. We don't say those words out loud. Hide them. In the back pocket of your purse, in the corner of the bathroom drawer, at the very bottom of your shopping cart (please let me get a female cashier). . Events or engagements get missed. I'll tell myself it’s the PMS, sure, but it has more to with the risk of being "caught," at what…I'm not quite sure. . And I’m lucky. . Over 100 million young women around the globe miss school or work for lack of adequate menstrual supplies, & fear of what might happen if the world witnesses A NATURAL BODILY FUNCTION. . WHY? . Because hundreds of years of culture have made us embarrassed to bleed. Have left us feeling dirty and ashamed. . STOP PRETENDING. Stop using silly pet names like Aunt Flo because you're too afraid to say "I'm bleeding" or "vagina." Stop wasting so much effort hiding the very thing that gives this species continuity. . START talking about it. Educate your daughters. Make them understand that it can be both an inconvenience and a gift, but NEVER something to be ashamed about. Educate your sons so they don't recoil from the word tampon. So when a girl bleeds through her khaki shorts in third period (pun intended), they don't perpetuate the cycle of shame and intolerance. . This #StartSomethingSunday , I want to highlight @corawomen . . Cora Women is a 100% Organic tampon company. . But that’s not all. They are also breaking barriers. Making it ok to talk about periods, even on social media. Providing personalized, delivered tampon/pad orders right to your door. AND for every box purchased, donating a box of sustainable pads to girls who can't afford menstruation products. . Fuck yeah. That's the kind of stuff I can galvanize behind, NO money OR product needed. Just a mission I support on a topic we should ALL be talking about. . THIS IS JUST A LEAK, NOT FREE BLEEDING ✌🏽
Gongora wants women to not be ashamed of her period, and doesn’t think other women should be either.
She captioned the video:
I am a woman, therefore, I bleed. It’s messy, it’s painful, it’s terrible, & it’s beautiful. And yet, you wouldn’t know. Because I hide it. I bury things at the bottom of the trash. I breathe, ragged and awkward through the cramps, all the while holding onto this tight lipped, painted on smile. Tampons? Shhh. We don’t say those words out loud. Hide them. In the back pocket of your purse, in the corner of the bathroom drawer, at the very bottom of your shopping cart (please let me get a female cashier).
I don’t know anyone over the age of 13-years-old who laughs at tampons.
But I’ll tell you the real stigma that people of all ages find a reason to ridicule. An issue that is dear to my heart. The disgusting practice of shart shaming. This pernicious and unjust discrimination is carried out against people from the age of 1-99 and of both genders. There are even memes making fun of this unfortunate betrayal of the body.
I want to empower men and women. I want them to know that a shart is something natural and it should be celebrated and not chastised. In fact, to show how much reverence I have for sharting I am going to drink a half bottle of Knob Creek tonight and then eat General Tso Chicken from that super shady Chinese restaurant that is open until 2 a.m. and then I am going to shart my brains out. And guess what? I am not going to shart in the toilet such as the societal constructs insist that I do. I am going to shart in a pair of khaki pants to show the world that they can not tell me when and where to shart.