Is it right breaking that taboo?

Blog post 4: critique or analyse a text

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If you’ve been on the internet or any social media for the last one week, you sure have come across this article or at least seen it something sharing it on their Facebook or Twitter and they’re most likely 99% to be girls.



The owner of this picture, photographer Rupi Kaur, a student in Canada has posted this somewhat outrageously disgusting, inappropriate and should be mentioned in absolute euphemism. I say it’s rubbish.

Why do we females have to conceal what seems to be naturally happening to our bodies? Rupi Kaur was pretty irritated when one of the most popular photo-sharing platform, Instagram, has removed this picture from her account after being said to be ‘inappropriate’ and was also taken down TWICE.


According to the guidelines, it does not mention anything about menstruation or period but only prohibits sexual acts, nudity and violence. (Sanghani, R 2015) Kaur then took her vent out on Facebook and quote “I will not apologise for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be ok with a small leak when your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified, pornified, and treated less than human.” (Kaur, R 2015)

I’m totally captivated and engaged into this topic as soon as I saw it on the internet. No offence but, why do we still have such shallow-minded people in this society? Treating periods as a taboo instead of something concerned with females’ health. We are extremely lucky to be educated about what is menstruation from schools or at home because not every girl in the world knows exactly why they’re bleeding every month. According UN’s sanitation agency, a survey has been carried out and almost one third of women and girls known nothing about periods and 70% or more thought menstrual blood was dirty and some even thought they had cancer when they first had their period. (George, R 2015)

This shows how important and the extreme need of proper education to those living in over-populated countries and where education are limited such as India. I completely and wholly agree with what has the article offered as it provided a wake up call such that people should start being open with menstruation and not to be ashamed of it. Quote, Quint, C 2015, “being #periodpositive isn’t about whether you love or hate menstruation. It’s about talking about reproductive health frankly, and without shame.”

It also should be taken as a serious issue when there are girls and women who can’t afford sanitary napkins around the world and this results in infections. Rupi Kaur has used social media in a way to increase awareness about what’s going on in a woman’s body once every month it should not be despised for the wrong reasons.

To sum everything up, I distinctly think that this article provided a purpose to show how important our knowledge towards these especially for the females and also serve as a purpose to remind us how privileged we are compared to other people around the world who can’t even afford to buy sanitary pads.



George, R 2015, My period may hurt: but not talking about menstruation hurts more, The Guardian, viewed 10 April, <;

Quint, C 2015, Menstruation: how to break this taboo in the classroom, The Guardian, viewed 10 April, <;

Sanghani, R 2015, Instagram deletes woman’s period photos – but her response is amazing, The Telegraph, viewed 10 April, <;


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4 Responses to Is it right breaking that taboo?

  1. Your blog was great. I happen to have seen this on Facebook about two weeks ago, and was disgusted to think that it had been removed from Facebook because ‘it does not follow community guidelines’. Like you acknowledged, we are extremely lucky to receive education about periods, and are taught from a young age that they are a ‘natural, normal thing’. However, the controversy around this photo merely depicts the opposite. It is an interesting study to investigate as this is not the first time something like this has happened. Similar controversy arose when this youtube video went viral. Something to look into.

  2. mylnd says:

    The image has come across my newsfeed a number of times on a number of social platforms over the past week and I think that your blog effectively outlines the true message behind it. Although it may be a little confronting for an audience to come across online (particularly male who do not experience menstruation), I feel that Rupi Kaur has effectively tried to educate the public on the needs and rights of women and in turn aimed to crush conservative opinion in regards to the issue and make menstruation something that can be talked about openly rather than a type of taboo subject matter that gets dealt with behind closed doors. Great post!

  3. Nat Croker says:

    This was an awesome analysis. I couldn’t agree more with your argument. Young girls need to be educated so they understand the realities of a women’s body. This definitely brings up the continuous mis interpretation of women within the media. Would you agree? Organisations cover everything up with a “beautiful” photoshopped face. Leaving young girls with false knowledge on real women and the not so glamorous milestones (such as periods) we have to go through. Every advertisement for sanitary pads or tampons is all about “being able to wear white” or a humorous play on getting your period. The article you critique is a true representation of what to expect and what is okay and natural. Its about time we educate young girls with the truth, so they are ready to face it!

  4. Kae McKenzie says:

    I’m so glad you wrote about this. It popped up in my newsfeed a number of times and I’m actually reminded of a tangential topic of conversation. In the same vein that we’re expected not to talk about our periods and pretend they don’t exist (even though many women suffer crippling PMS symptoms or even endometriosis), the cycle of buying using and disposing of menstrual products such as tampons or pads (which we are taxed for) is destructive to the environment and to some extent dangerous to ourselves. There are cheaper, cleaner, safer alternatives to tampons and pads but no one talks about them because big corporations would lose money and because it’s different it’s scary ( I’ve gone so off topic, obviously any woman who’s seen or heard about this event is going to get fired up over the misogynistic approach to womanhood! I like your use of other sources and your analysis is thorough and well-reasoned even though I may be a little biased in your favour. Thanks for talking about this, the more traction it gets hopefully we’ll be able to make some change!

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