Running a marathon is a major feat; running a marathon while on your period is a whole other ballgame.
But that's exactly what Kiran Gandhi did in London. Yes, that's 26.2 strenuous miles of free-bleeding.
Why on Earth would she subject herself to that, you ask? Because running that distance "with a wad of cotton material wedged between [her] legs just seemed so absurd," she wrote in a piece for Absurdist. And it bothered her that, when making up her mind, she had to think about what other people would think of her.
"To me, period-shaming is when you — as someone who is experiencing the bleeding — have to make somebody else comfortable before yourself," Gandhi told BuzzFeed News.
And though the response has been split between those who applaud her and those disgusted by her, she certainly succeeded in sparking a global conversation about the stigma surrounding the female menstrual cycle (and bodily functions in general), particularly for those in other countries who don't have the same access to materials as we do.
Is Gandhi suggesting we all free-bleed like her and ruin every pair of pants we own? No; she just thinks period blood shouldn't be that big of a deal. It's nothing to be embarrassed about, and no one should ever make you feel that way.
Photo Credit: Kiran Gandhi/Twitter