Harvard Business School graduate Kiran Gandhi recently committed what is apparently considered a heroic act of feminism by running a marathon without a tampon — letting herself just bleed everywhere. The goal was to fight what she sees as a stigma against periods.
“Running 26.2 miles with a wad of cotton material wedged between my legs just seemed so absurd,” Gandhi wrote in a Medium blog about her experience at April’s London Marathon.
(Some might argue that allowing any kind of blood — period-related or not — to just gush out of your body and all over your clothes when you could have avoided it is a little more “absurd,” but apparently Gandhi disagrees.)
“As I ran, I thought to myself about how women and men have both been effectively socialized to pretend periods don’t exist,” she continued. “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.”
Gandhi said she also intended the bleeding to raise awareness for the fact that women in other countries don’t have access to tampons.
#related#”I have this vision that if men had their period, because we are in a male-privileging society, that rules would be written into the workplace, rules would be written into the social fabric that enable men to take a moment when they need to or enable people to talk about their periods openly,” she told Cosmo in a recent interview.
She’s also gained a lot of attention on social media, with many touting her as a feminist hero for doing what many people might consider just an unsanitary waste of perfectly good pants.
Gandhi has also toured as a drummer for M.I.A. and Thievery Corporation.
— Katherine Timpf is a reporter for National Review Online.