1. One woman ran the entire London Marathon while free-bleeding.
Kiran Gandhi told BuzzFeed News, “I don’t care if people want to make fun of me. I felt good doing it, it’s my life, and it’s my story.”
2. A period-themed hackathon called Hack the Flow was held at NYU.
It was organized by Lauren Towles as part of her final thesis project at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, and the goal was to think up projects to help reduce the stigma around periods.
3. This photo series starring period blood was restored to Instagram after they banned it — twice.
The series was created by Toronto college student Rupi Kaur. When Instagram banned the photo, Kaur posted it on Facebook with an open letter to Instagram, calling them out for censoring it. They responded by restoring her photo and saying that it was removed by mistake.
6. Another ad campaign got people to talk openly about the first time they menstruated.
The short film came from underwear brand Dear Kate. “It has been awesome to see people’s willingness to talk about something that typically isn’t talked about. By hearing other women’s stories about a time and an experience that made me personally feel so vulnerable, I am reminded that I was not alone,” Isabella Giancarlo, Dear Kate’s creative coordinator, told BuzzFeed News.
8. Someone protested the tampon tax in the UK by free-bleeding outside parliament.
In October, members of UK parliament voted against a motion that would challenge the current “tampon tax,” which categorizes sanitary products as “non-essential, luxury” items.
“If people are grossed out by me not wearing a tampon then I think that emphasizes my point,” Charlie Edge, a 22-year-old from Berkshire, told BuzzFeed News. “They’re not ‘luxury items.’”
12. British tennis star Heather Watson was praised for talking about how her period screwed with her performance.
After losing in the first round of the Australian Open, she told BBC that she was dealing with some period side effects and planned to check with a doctor about how to not let this interfere with her performance in the future. Other female tennis pros quickly backed her up:
“I think Heather is pretty brave to come out and speak about it so openly,” former British tennis player Annabel Cross told BBC’s Radio 5. “Women dealing with these issues at any time is hard enough but actually trying to go out there and play high level sport…it’s just really unlucky.”
“We have to deal with another element that no one speaks about really,” tennis player Tara Moore told The Telegraph.
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