#LiveTweetYourPeriod is the latest body positivity trend on the Internet
When it comes to that time of the m— You know what? No more euphemisms: People with uteruses generally start getting their period during puberty, and then it sometimes cripples them with pain, alters their mood, and makes them ravenous for anything with a high fat/sugar content. Considering this happens to about 50% of the world population, it’s about time we stop tiptoeing around our periods. Enter: #LiveTweetYourPeriod.
Coined by Buzzfeed writer/general source of hilarity and insight Tracy Clayton, #LiveTweetYourPeriod is a response to all those times you’ve ever felt ashamed or stigmatized because of your period. (The latter is actually the case in many communities around the world.) Essentially, it’s a rallying cry to publicly acknowledge that hey, there’s blood running out of your body and that does have an impact on your life, albeit one that doesn’t stop you from going through your day. It’s also a cathartic release — no one should feel alone or ashamed during their period, when literally billions of people go through the exact same experience every month.
We see those opposing ideas of how a woman’s body is received, whether it’s in regards to breastfeeding, pubic hair, or indeed, period blood. In the case of poet Rupi Kaur, Instagram banned this image of her visible period blood not once, but TWICE. Her case, which is cited directly in the NYT piece, perfectly illustrates the perception of women’s bodies on public social networks. Bikini pictures or artful, nipple-covering nudes? All good. A fully clothed woman who happens to have some period blood on her clothes? Apparently unacceptable (though, the image is now permanently up.)
As Clayton herself puts it:
And to borrow from Kaur’s Instagram manifesto: