Period vs. Instragram: Period Wins

This incredible artist’s work was the catalyst for an eye-opening debate today. Rupi Kaur’s images of a woman menstruating were removed from Instagram for not following their Community Guidelines. But the question we’re¬†asking is, Why are we so uncomfortable at the sight of something so natural? A cycle that most women will go through ~460 times in their life. A sight that is in no way as graphic as many of the images we’re inundated with on a daily basis through mass media, social platforms like Instagram, and regular conversation. I implore you to read Rupi’s argument, and think about its roots.

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There’s not much to add after you read Rupi’s initial rebuttal.

“Thank you @instagram for providing me with the exact response my work was created to critique. You deleted a photo of a woman who is fully covered and menstruating stating that it goes against community guidelines when your guidelines outline that it is nothing but acceptable. The girl is fully clothed. The photo is mine. It is not attacking a certain group. Nor is it spam. And because it does not break those guidelines I will repost it again. I will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak. When your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified. Pornified. And treated less than human. Thank you.” – Rupi Kaur

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