Why do people rave about what a miracle pregnancy is while they try to push menstruation deep under the covers of shame? Isn’t it ironic that both are absolutely natural phenomena in a woman’s body but one gets glorified while the other is shunned? This is what provoked yoga instructor Steph Gongora to takes matters into her own hands and put a stop to period shame.
1. Creating Waves That Knock Down Beliefs
Gongora posted a video clip of her dressed fully in white, practicing various yoga poses on a mat, revealing a red period stain. The post was uploaded on Instagram and now this gutsy yoga instructor has over 258,800 followers. Through her post, she urged people to open up more about menstruation, to be comfortable with the fact that it’s okay to bleed, to not feel or spread the shame.
She said, “I am a woman, therefore, I bleed,” she wrote. “It’s messy, it’s painful, it’s terrible, & it’s beautiful.
2. A Shout Out To Stop Period Shame
Gongora further talks about how everyone should start talking about periods so as to educate the world about how it’s completely natural and normal. Her post is a shout out to all those girls and women who are conditioned to believe that it’s dirty and shameful to bleed. Gongora wants all genders to join hands together to stop propagating the circle of shame that surrounds menstruation. She encouraged people to teach girls to be proud that they bleed and boys to not feel uncomfortable when they hear the word “tampon”.
3. Holding Up A Greater Cause
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It looks like Gongora has achieved what she wanted to do as the post has already got over 350 thousand views and six thousand comments- both positive and negative. “That’s the kind of stuff I can galvanize behind, no money or even product needed,” She wrote. “Just a mission I support on a topic we should ALL be talking about.”
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 ofstuff 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 ✌?