iPads and missions to Mars while breast feeding and menstruation remain taboos

A Canadian woman has set the cat among the pigeons a few days ago

Rupi Kaur uploaded a picture of herself on Instagram this week, and unleashed a revolution.

The image, seen below, showed the back of a woman’s body, including a spot of blood between her legs, as well as blood on her bedsheets. As most women will recognize, this is what happens when your period leaks. It was part of a photo series Kaur placed on her Tumblr account depicting her and her sister’s menstrual cycles.

Instagram, however, determined the image violated their community guidelines, and took it down ? twice. Which led Kaur to fight back, garnering massive amounts of support along the way.

Kaur’s image, and her response to Instagram is over the break. ?


thank you @instagram for providing me with the exact response my work was created to critique. you deleted a photo of a woman who is fully covered and menstruating stating that it goes against community guidelines when your guidelines outline that it is nothing but acceptable. the girl is fully clothed. the photo is mine. it is not attacking a certain group. nor is it spam. and because it does not break those guidelines i will repost it again. i will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay 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. thank you.

this image is a part of my photoseries project for my visual rhetoric course. you can view the full series at rupikaur.com

i bleed each month to help make humankind a possibility. my womb is home to the divine. a source of life for our species. whether i choose to create or not. but very few times it is seen that way. in older civilizations this blood was considered holy. in some it still is. but a majority of people. societies. and communities shun this natural process. some are more comfortable with the pornification of women. the sexualization of women. the violence and degradation of women than this. they cannot be bothered to express their disgust about all that. but will be angered and bothered by this. we menstruate and they see it as dirty. attention seeking. sick. a burden. as if this process is less natural than breathing. as if it is not a bridge between this universe and the last. as if this process is not love. labour. life. selfless and strikingly beautiful.



– Huff Post