Kiran Gandhi Runs Tampon Free on The First Day of Period at London Marathon
Have you ever ran a marathon on day one of your period?
Kiran Gandhi, a Harvard Graduate and a former recording analyst of Interscope Records completed London marathon on day one of her period, without a sanitary pad or a tampon.
She got her flow the night before the London Marathon and thought of dropping the idea of running a Marathon with a wad of cotton material wedged between her legs. But later she decided otherwise, she chose the Marathon run as a means to draw light to girls who don’t have access to tampons, she chose to bleed freely.
On her blog she writes ” A marathon in itself is a centuries old symbolic act. Why not use it as a means to draw light to my sisters who don’t have access to tampons and, despite cramping and pain, hide it away like it doesn’t exist? “
“We don’t have language to express pain in the workplace, and we don’t acknowledge differences between women and men that must be recognized and established as acceptable norms. Because it is all kept quiet, women are socialized not to complain or talk about their own bodily functions, since no one can see it happening. And if you can’t see it, it’s probably “not a big deal.” She writes
Even during the marathon, she encountered a period shamer who came up behind her, making a disgusted face, and reminded her, in a subdued voice, that she was on her period. Kiran had the perfect reply, of course: “I was like…wow, I had NO idea!”
She tried to pull her shirt down to her knees when she approached her Dad and Brother during the run but it was the team feminist that her whole family joined, her Dad and Brother just wanted to scream and hug and take a photo and celebrate together.
She completed the run with her two friends Ana and Mere and later she wrote on her blog who this run was dedicated to.
“We ran for women who can’t show their periods in public and for women who can’t compete in athletic events. We ran for our friends who have suffered through period cramps at work and for women who have survived breast cancer.We ran in sisterhood side by side and we crossed the finish line hand-in-hand”
From Kiran Gandhi’s Blog
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