Courageous: Yoga teacher poses with menstruation blood on her pants
Stephanie Góngora is a yoga teacher who regularly posts pictures and videos on her social media channels and has over 256,000 fans on Instagram.
While she was recording a video of herself doing a sequence of advanced yoga poses recently, she suddenly noticed something that every woman will be familiar with. Her tampon was saturated and blood had started soaking through her pants.
She momentarily considered whether to stop her recording and eventually decided on something a bit different: she did pause to change, but then she returned and continued her sequence in front of the camera... in white yoga leggings!
As she moved through the poses, a red spot appeared between her legs and kept becoming more visible.
I am a woman, therefore, I bleed. . It's messy, it's painful, it's terrible, & it's beautiful. . And yet, you wouldn't know. Because I hide it. . I bury things at the bottom of the trash. I breathe, ragged and awkward through the cramps, all the while holding onto this tight lipped, painted on smile. . Tampons? Shhh. We don't say those words out loud. Hide them. In the back pocket of your purse, in the corner of the bathroom drawer, at the very bottom of your shopping cart (please let me get a female cashier). . Events or engagements get missed. I'll tell myself it’s the PMS, sure, but it has more to with the risk of being "caught," at what...I'm not quite sure. . And I’m lucky. . Over 100 million young women around the globe miss school or work for lack of adequate menstrual supplies, & fear of what might happen if the world witnesses A NATURAL BODILY FUNCTION. . WHY? . Because hundreds of years of culture have made us embarrassed to bleed. Have left us feeling dirty and ashamed. . STOP PRETENDING. Stop using silly pet names like Aunt Flo because you're too afraid to say "I'm bleeding" or "vagina." Stop wasting so much effort hiding the very thing that gives this species continuity. . START talking about it. Educate your daughters. Make them understand that it can be both an inconvenience and a gift, but NEVER something to be ashamed about. Educate your sons so they don't recoil from the word tampon. So when a girl bleeds through her khaki shorts in third period (pun intended), they don't perpetuate the cycle of shame and intolerance. . This #StartSomethingSunday , I want to highlight @corawomen . . Cora Women is a 100% Organic tampon company. . But that’s not all. They are also breaking barriers. Making it ok to talk about periods, even on social media. Providing personalized, delivered tampon/pad orders right to your door. AND for every box purchased, donating a box of sustainable pads to girls who can't afford menstruation products. . Fuck yeah. That's the kind of stuff I can galvanize behind, NO money OR product needed. Just a mission I support on a topic we should ALL be talking about. . THIS IS JUST A LEAK, NOT FREE BLEEDING ✌
Her video has already been viewed more than 350,000 times and received a huge amount of affirmation, as well as disgusted outrage. Here's an excerpt from the wonderfully passionate defense and explanation with her video:
"Because hundreds of years of culture have made us embarrassed to bleed. Have left us feeling dirty and ashamed.
STOP PRETENDING. Stop wasting so much effort hiding the very thing that gives this species continuity.
START talking about it. Educate your daughters. Make them understand that it can be both an inconvenience and a gift, but NEVER something to be ashamed about.
Educate your sons so they don't recoil from the word tampon. So when a girl bleeds through her khaki shorts in third period (pun intended), they don't perpetuate the cycle of shame and intolerance."
It's important to her to show why she made her statement so boldly and clearly. But she also clarified that she's not "free bleeding" without a pad or tampon altogether, only advocating honesty and acceptance.
That honesty isn't for everyone. Some people felt like it was having someone's intimate bodily functions rubbed in their face...
But perhaps that's the point. When people stop being outraged and get used to periods as totally normal and even important, women won't have to be ashamed — and won't have to post explicit videos of their leakage...
What a notion!