Woman Runs Marathon Without Tampon To De-stigmatize Periods
Kiran Gandhi bled freely while running the London Marathon in an effort to raise awareness.By Christine Slusser | August 10, 2015
M.I.A. drummer and feminist Kiran Gandhi ran the London Marathon, and she decided to prove a point.
Gandhi wanted to de-stigmatize periods and show women they don't need to be grossed out by their bodies. She decided to bleed freely, not using a tampon – or anything for that matter – while on her period during a marathon for breast cancer.
As she wrote on her website, she ran the entire 26.2-mile race "with my period blood running down my legs." She also wrote: "I ran with blood dripping down my legs for sisters who don't have access to tampons and ... sisters who ... hide it away and pretend like it doesn't exist. I ran to say, it does exist, and we overcome it every day."