That’s one way to raise awareness! Kiran Gandhi proudly ran the London Marathon on her period without wearing a tampon, to encourage women to not be embarrassed about their periods! Click to see the pic.
After training for a year to run her first marathon in April, Kiran Gandhi certainly wasn’t going to let her period stop her. The 26-year old, who has played drums for singer M.I.A. and Thievery Corporation, decided that running the London Marathon with a tampon in would not be comfortable — so she instead decided to embrace her womanhood and bleed freely during the race.
“I ran the whole marathon with my period blood running down my legs,” Kiran, a Harvard Business School graduate, wrote of the 26.2 mile-long race on her personal website. “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 everyday.” You go, girl!
After hard work and training, the drummer ended up finishing the race in four hours, 49 minutes and 11 seconds. She posed for pics where she confidently showed the blood running freely down her legs. “I felt kind of like, Yeah! F–k you! I felt very empowered by that. I did, ” Kiran told Cosmopolitan of her decision to run without a tampon. In fact, she believes by doing something like this, sexism can be overcome.
“If there’s one way to transcend oppression, it’s to run a marathon in whatever way you want,” Kiran wrote. “Where the stigma of a woman’s period is irrelevant, and we can re-write the rules as we choose.”
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— Julianne Ishler