“When I’m on my period, all I want to do is curl up in my onesie, put on soppy movies and eat my weight in chocolate. Most days I rarely want to talk to anyone, let only talk about the very thing that’s causing my unpredictable moods and bleeding vagina.”
It’s this stigma and attitude that continues to make something as natural as a period remain a taboo – and why the #LiveTweetYourPeriod movement is a bloody great idea.
The hashtag encourages women to share and talk about their period in the open, from hilarious memes to the uncomfortable realities of that time of the month.
It’s been around since April, but has recently picked up steam again thanks to an article by Jenna Wortham in the New York Times.
“On the surface, this seems like little more than communal commiseration, but to me, it felt like something bigger: a micro-protest against a modern paradox,” she wrote. (Post continues after gallery.)
“Social media is saturated with images of hypersexualised women, but these are rarely considered as scandalous as content that dares to reveal how a woman’s body actually functions.”
Wortham makes a valid argument. Put up highly sexualised pictures of women and no-one will bat an eyelid, but dare to post a picture that even eludes to tampons, pads or the realities of menstruation and people get easily offended.
Case in point: remember Rupi Kaur’s now well known Instagram picture of a fully clothes woman with what looked like a blood stain on her paints? It was flagged objectionable and deleted by Instagram twice – yet Kaur was not surprised.
In her repost, she captioned the image, “Their patriarchy is leaking.”
And while live tweeting your period may seem trivial or pointless, it’s already making a difference to some users, particularly by those are used to feeling ashamed or even guilty for something they don’t really have any control over.