This pool forbids women to swim during their menstruation

Blogger Sophie Tabatadze from  Tbilisi, Georgia, went to the Vake Swimming Pool and Fitness Club for the second time after becoming a gym member and noticed a sign that made her furious.

This is literally what was written on the sign: “Dear Ladies! Do not go to the pool during periods."

Facebook/Sophie Tabatadze

Needless to say, the young woman was outraged and reacted quickly with a Facebook post that has since gone viral:

“Do you even realize how offensive this is? And, by the way, since according to your rules we are not allowed to use a swimming pool 5-6 days each month, do we get a preferential price compared with men?” she wrote.


Other questions could also be raised, such as: Are babies, who are likely to poop anytime, also on the blacklist? What about old or particularly young men, unable to hold back urges of all kinds? In any case, this vast subject is open to debate.

To put it simply and succinctly, Sophie denounced the pool’s management policy (whether conscious or not) as sexist and misogynistic.

The gym's response to the whole incident: “Our statement is not sexist and has a preventive objective.” 

Floating tampons on the surface of the pool have occurred several times in the past, leading to high additional costs when changing the contaminated water.

Facebook/Vake Swimming Pool And Fitness Club

Actually, on a purely sanitary level, the risks are derisive. Blood in pool water is “unlikely to spread illness,” assures the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sophie is now lobbying to have the sign removed. “My goal is not to shame them for the sake of shaming,” she said. “Overall misogyny is so widespread in this culture that sometimes companies/people make mistakes unconsciously. The real test is how they respond when they are exposed.”

So ladies, grab those tampons or menstrual cups (which are supposedly more eco-friendly and less toxic) and go swimming if you feel like it!


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