There have been lots of demonstrations to break free the TABOOS associated with MENSTRUAL CYCLE, but then comes a 26 years old girl who sets an example by rising above the PERIOD TABOO for real and running the marathon with her PERIOD BLOOD running down her legs.
Kiran Gandhi, who had been training for LONDON MARATHON for a year got into a glitch when she found she was going to be on her periods on the D-Day. Realizing that it would be uncomfortable to run for 2.62 miles with a tampon, Kiran had almost decided to give it a miss, but then the strong headed girl decided to run. Tampon could have caused her chafe on her inner thighs, so giving the tampon a miss and running free-bleeding was the only option.
Accepting her periods as natural as sweat dripping from one’s body, the girl crushed chauvinism on the marathon course. She motivated the entire woman fraternity to re-write the rules as they choose and keep woman’s comfort above that of the observer.
Sharing her experience on her personal blog, Kiran quoted “I RAN THE WHOLE MARATHON WITH MY PERIOD BLOOD RUNNING DOWN MY LEGS. I got my first flow the night before and it was a total disaster but I didn’t want to clean it up. It would have been way too uncomfortable to worry about a tampon for 2.62 miles. I thought, if there’s one person society won’t fuck with, it’s a marathon runner. If there is one way to transcend oppression, it’s to run a marathon in whatever way you want.”
“I ran with blood dripping down my legs for sisters who, despite cramping and pain, hide it away and pretend like it doesn’t exist. I ran to say, it does exist and we overcome it every day. The marathon was radical and absurd and bloody in ways I couldn’t have imagined until the day of the race,” she added.
With the emotional support from her friends Ana and Meredith, Kiran Gandhi has put forward her first step towards breaking the MENSTRUAL TABOOS making a way for rest of the girls to follow. More Power to you Girl.