My side eye has been on fleek this week. Isn’t that how the youngins speak nowadays? Don’t mind me. I need a drink and this Sprite is not doing the trick. About a year and a half ago, I read a satirical piece about “free-bleeding”. The article was taking a critical look at the extremism of feminism (insert white before feminism) and poking fun at the women who are suffering from penis envy. I know that there is that one chick who is reading this and wishing me a disgustingly, painful labor but have no fear- although I look like I’m in my 20’s, I am 41 years old and not having any more children so you can suck it, my dear.
Menstrual cycles are nothing new. It has played a fundamental role in becoming “a woman” since the first woman walked on this planet. I’ve never known a woman to “free-bleed” intentionally. It’s the last thing that most women want to happen. Ordinarily when “free-bleeding” occurs, the women are homeless or extraordinarily poor. Insert bullshit here. An XOJane writer, actually, thought this would be cool and tried it out. Who would REALLY DO THIS AS A CHOICE? It’s a complete and utterly arrogant mockery of a hardship that women around the world are facing but she wasn’t the only one riding the fuckery train.
Kiran Gandhi (Harvard- educated drummer for rapper M.I.A. and self-proclaimed feminist) ran, the ENTIRE London Marathon, bleeding without a tampon nor a pad “to raise awareness” about not being embarrassed about a period. Ma’am, YOU are full of shit. Who’s being shamed in London about their period? She, also, stated that her stance was for women that don’t have access to proper sanitary items. I found that very interesting. I googled this “cause” to see what has been done so far y nada! How many pads have you collected since your so-called stance, Kiran? Where is the outreach to Proctor and Gamble?
Since the two days that she has run the marathon, I’ve yet to read ONE article about her project to protect all of the sad and embarrassed vaginas from their horrible menstrual cycles. Before you say that she isn’t white, her grandmother is Irish and she may not be full white but she couldn’t possibly have a black or brown friend because THEY would have called out her foolishness. Her “friends” stood in the photo smiling like idiots right beside her in full “support”.
Kiran, YOU NEED A BLACK FRIEND. I don’t care if she’s American, Cuban, Jamaican, Gambian, Kenyan or Panamanian. Your black feminist friends would talk to you about misogynoir and the REAL struggles of being a brown or black woman in an oppressive world and not high-five your shenanigans at the London Marathon. The ridiculousness of white feminism isn’t that white feminists want equality with men in areas of pay, education or jobs. That is fair. The two major issues that I have with white feminism are:
1. It is NEVER inclusive of colored women. We are an afterthought in their toils yet while we have our own battles to fight- we are still expected to fight theirs as well because “we are all women”. No thank you and fuck you.
2. Everything in life isn’t a damn issue. REALLY, it’s not! Stop being pissed about having to sit down to pee.. Squat! It will make your ass and thighs look great. God forbid a man looks at your ass.
There are real causes that need our attention, resources, and support. While we work on those issues, THIS can go on the back-burner. Now excuse me while I go pop a percocet with a shot of 1800 for these cramps.