Brave or Gross? Woman Runs London Marathon Without Tampon To De-Stigmatise Periods

The last thing most women would want the day before running a marathon is to come on their period. But when it happened to Kiran Gandhi on the eve of the London marathon, she decided to take her menstruation in her stride, using it as an opportunity to address period taboos and stand up for women around the world. The 26-year-old feminist decided to run those 26.2 miles without a tampon, allowing the blood to seep onto her leggings between her legs. Writing about the experience on her website, Gandhi, who is a drummer for M.I.A and Harvard Business School graduate, said: "It would have been way too uncomfortable to worry about a tampon for 26.2 miles.   Gandhi added: "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. The marathon was radical and absurd and bloody in ways I couldn’t have imagined until the day of the race." Gandhi told Cosmopolitan that she'd decided to run without a tampon because she was afraid of what it could do to her body. "I didn't really have good information about what happens when you run on your period," she said. "For example, they tell you that for men, their nipples will bleed because of the chafing between their shirts and their skin. I worried that a tampon might have the same effect." The 26-year-old says that the whole experience was incredibly "empowering". She added: "I was like, 'Running a marathon is a very, very big stretch for me. I need to do whatever it takes to get myself to the end of that line'. We were running for a greater cause, we were running for breast cancer." What do you think of this story? Source:

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