For most women, the idea of showcasing their period in an open forum is often too much to bear. They will typically do anything to keep their period under wraps, as this is considered to be a personal and private aspect of a woman’s life that should not ever be shared with the world at large.
However, the woman in this incredible clip decided to take a step in the opposite direction and put an end to period related shame once and for all. While the idea of a female yoga instructor dressed in all white during a period may seem silly to some, the clip that you are about to see serves as an inspiration for women everywhere.
Steph Gongora made a very bold decision by choosing to get on her mat during a period and even though some women may have tried to obscure the red stain that they received as a result of a period, she decided to film herself in a number of different poses that serve to accentuate the issue.
She even placed the clip on her Instagram page, allowing over 250,000 followers to take a closer look. As you might have imagined, she has received quite a few comments from her Instagram following, both positive and negative.
The post has already received over 200,000 views and many observers were inspired by Steph’s message, while others were disturbed by the images that were presented to them.
In her mind, menstruation is a natural bodily function that should no longer be shamed and this post is a great way to remove the stigma that tends to surround this monthly female process. Gongora uses her page to spread the word about a number of nonprofit organizations and this is a topic that we should all be willing to discuss openly.
I am a woman, therefore, I bleed. . It's messy, it's painful, it's terrible, & it's beautiful. . And yet, you wouldn't know. Because I hide it. . I bury things at the bottom of the trash. I breathe, ragged and awkward through the cramps, all the while holding onto this tight lipped, painted on smile. . Tampons? Shhh. We don't say those words out loud. Hide them. In the back pocket of your purse, in the corner of the bathroom drawer, at the very bottom of your shopping cart (please let me get a female cashier). . Events or engagements get missed. I'll tell myself it’s the PMS, sure, but it has more to with the risk of being "caught," at what…I'm not quite sure. . And I’m lucky. . Over 100 million young women around the globe miss school or work for lack of adequate menstrual supplies, & fear of what might happen if the world witnesses A NATURAL BODILY FUNCTION. . WHY? . Because hundreds of years of culture have made us embarrassed to bleed. Have left us feeling dirty and ashamed. . STOP PRETENDING. Stop using silly pet names like Aunt Flo because you're too afraid to say "I'm bleeding" or "vagina." Stop wasting so much effort hiding the very thing that gives this species continuity. . START talking about it. Educate your daughters. Make them understand that it can be both an inconvenience and a gift, but NEVER something to be ashamed about. Educate your sons so they don't recoil from the word tampon. So when a girl bleeds through her khaki shorts in third period (pun intended), they don't perpetuate the cycle of shame and intolerance. . This #StartSomethingSunday , I want to highlight @corawomen . . Cora Women is a 100% Organic tampon company. . But that’s not all. They are also breaking barriers. Making it ok to talk about periods, even on social media. Providing personalized, delivered tampon/pad orders right to your door. AND for every box purchased, donating a box of sustainable pads to girls who can't afford menstruation products. . Fuck yeah. That's the kind of stuff I can galvanize behind, NO money OR product needed. Just a mission I support on a topic we should ALL be talking about. . THIS IS JUST A LEAK, NOT FREE BLEEDING ✌?