Blog post 4: critique or analyse a text
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, <http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/22/period-menstruation-heather-watson-taboo>
Quint, C 2015, Menstruation: how to break this taboo in the classroom, The Guardian, viewed 10 April, <http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/07/menstruation-taboo-classroom-periodpositive-femcare>
Sanghani, R 2015, Instagram deletes woman’s period photos – but her response is amazing, The Telegraph, viewed 10 April, <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11503621/Instagram-deletes-womans-period-photos-her-reply-is-great.html>