Twenty-six year-old feminist Kiran Gandhi decided to run this year’s London Marathon without wearing a tampon to address social taboos around menstruation.
The Harvard Business School Graduate and M.I.A drummer wrote in her blog that her decision to run “with blood dripping down [her] legs” was to “transcend oppression” for “sisters who don’t have access to tampons”.
Kiran, who was running for Breast Cancer Care with her friends, was proud to capture this feminist statement on camera, as she posed for photographs with her friends revealing her bloodstained tights.
Her bid to address social taboos around menstruation and raise awareness around women who do not have access to sanitary care has certainly succeeded, with the story and photographs going viral and generating a huge response on social media.
In her blog, Kiran shared that after getting her period the night before the race, she decided that wearing a tampon would be “way too uncomfortable to worry about” and so would run the marathon the way she wanted to.
She wrote: “I thought, if there’s one person society won’t f*** with, it’s a marathon runner. If there’s one way to transcend oppression, it’s to run a marathon in whatever way you want.
“On the marathon course, sexism can be beaten. Where the stigma of a woman’s period is irrelevant, and we can re-write the rules as we choose. Where a woman’s comfort supersedes that of the observer.”
Kiran, who finished the race in four hours, 46mins, later told Cosmopolitan that she felt “empowered to run bleeding on a marathon course.”
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