Rupi Kaur

Came across a story about a Toronto artist named Rupi Kaur.

I had not come across Rupi from friends who were sharing her spoken word or her written word. (Here is an image search of Rupi’s written word. Often, a drawing accompanies the text. Delightful no?)

Instead, I came across Rupi, because a particular social media platform decided that an image of menstruation had broken community guidelines.

Here are some links, showing how the media reported the issue. The titles and where it was reported suggest that menstruation is still a taboo issue in 2015. (like WT…)

BBC (Newsbeat): Instagram period photo: Woman who took it says she wasn’t being ‘provocative’

Express Tribune (Blog): Rupi Kaur: Staining a woman’s modesty on Instagram?

Guardian: Social media is protecting men from periods, breast milk and body hair 

Huffington Post: The Removal Of Rupi Kaur’s Instagram Photos Shows How Terrified We Are Of Periods

Independent:  Menstruation-themed photo series artist ‘censored by Instagram’ says images are to demystify taboos around periods

Telegraph: Instagram deletes woman’s period photos – but her response is amazing

I have no intention to mansplain this issue. Besides, Rupi provides a much better reaction than I could muster. What I did take note of, was how little attention the issue seemed to receive from the mainstream media, and, what kind of attention the story received. I am glad that many feminists and people on social media responded.  What seemed troubling, was that we live in a world where posting a picture about menstruation was inappropriate. This was a rather peculiar tension to find. Particularly considering social media is full of self-reporting – from coffee foam moustaches to gory updates from the emergency room.

Here are a couple of quotes from Rupi, which I found thought-provoking:

“will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak”

“i bleed each month to help make humankind a possibility. my womb is home to the divine. a source of life for our species. whether i choose to create or not”

I also thought to embed a performance piece Rupi uploaded, discussing the evolution from girlhood to womanhood.