"I got my flow the night before and it was a total disaster but I didn’t want to clean it up. It would have been way too uncomfortable to worry about a tampon for 26.2 miles ... On the marathon course, sexism can be beaten. Where the stigma of a woman’s period is irrelevant, and we can re-write the rules as we choose. Where a woman’s comfort supersedes that of the observer. I ran with blood dripping down my legs for sisters who don’t have access to tampons and sisters who, despite cramping and pain, hide it away and pretend like it doesn’t exist. I ran to say, it does exist, and we overcome it every day."
I don't have a vagina, but I can 100% co-sign not wanting to run 26 miles with a bit of plastic stuck up it. I don't want to run 26 miles ever in my life, so her initial decision to forgo a tampon over such a distance makes sense to me. Secondly, in an age when even the British government deems sanitary items as luxury and non-essential, spilling blood for the ladies who can't access them also seems pretty reasonable.
And who'd have thought? Most of the world's websites appear to agree with me. You'd hope Kiran's move would divide the nation down ideological lines and cause warring sides to throw op-eds and feces at each other in the street, but it hasn't. I guess we're all just about alright, aren't we?
Then again, the Daily Mail hasn't run this story yet, so we're yet to be treated to the Mail Online comments section.
Kiran is also an MBA candidate at Harvard who raised $6,000 during the marathon. And she's drummer, who's drummed for MIA. Cool!
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