by Sierra Marlee | January 23, 2016 1:52 pm
Women menstruate, that’s just the way it is. We shouldn’t be ashamed of it, but on the same token, we shouldn’t be flaunting it around either. It’s just not sanitary to be bleeding everywhere.
From The Daily Mail:
A young woman who accidentally stained her pants with blood during her period has penned a powerful response to the men and women who shamed her because she was menstruating, sharing a photo of her splotched trousers to prove there is nothing to be embarrassed of.
Anushka Dasgupta, a high school senior from Kolkata, India, explained that she was was commuting home on Sunday when women started telling her to pull her shirt down, while men were very obviously ‘ogling’ her. It wasn’t until a woman offered her a sanitary napkin that she realized she had bled through her trousers.
‘So here I was, well past eight, standing alone at Esplanade [a metro station] with a massive red stain across my butt and a rather artistic red dot under the zipper of my pants,’ she wrote
‘Multiple women walked up to me on my way home and asked me to pull my tee shirt down, most men ogled, all the kids I met didn’t notice/care,’ she wrote of her late-night commute, which consisted of walking, a trip on the metro, and a 10-minute bus ride.
‘I came to know why I was the center of attention for the better part of my journey when a woman (well meaning, I’m sure) offered me a sanitary napkin.
‘I had stained my pants.’
Anushka took to Facebook to share her story along with a photo of her bloody pants on the floor next to a pad.
‘This post is for all the women who offered to help me hide my womanhood, I AM NOT ASHAMED,’ she wrote.
‘I bleed every 28-35 days, it is painful at times, I get moody at times, but I walk into the kitchen and get myself some chocolate biscuits and I’m good to go for the next eight hours come hell or high water because I AM NOT ASHAMED.’
Anushka then moved onto the male onlookers who stared at her and made her feel judged.
‘Check out the big red blotch on my pants all you want, check out my butt, check out the way I move, come touch me if you dare, and I will show you that I AM NOT ASHAMED,’ she continued.
‘I will take out a sanitary napkin and show you how it works while you can teach me how to pee in public (because clearly you’re not ashamed, and neither am I).
Anushka ended her post with a message to the kids who didn’t think twice about the stain on her pants.
‘To all the children who didn’t give a damn, DO NOT BE ASHAMED. There will be many bloodstains on pants, on skirts, on bedsheets, on cushion covers, on chairs, on tables, against the wall, and on the battlefield where YOU fight the stigma by NOT BEING ASHAMED,’ she said.
That’s one way to deal with it.
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