Women have been using the hashtag #LiveTweetYourPeriod to share their period woes with the world and it’s very, very funny…
Cramps, feeling bloated, probably eating too much chocolate… no one likes getting their period. But thanks to the amazing Twitter hastag #LiveTweetYourPeriod we can now share our misfortune with the world in a really hilarious way. Most importantly, we no longer need to feel alone in our monthly struggle.
The hashtag was first started by Buzzfeed writer Tracy Clayton back in December to try and remove some of the stigma surrounding women’s periods. It took off after Jenna Wortham penned an article for the New York Times Magazine titled ‘Our Bodies, Our Feeds’. In it she says, ‘Perhaps posting about taboo topics in public, right alongside the quotidian details of our lives, helps normalize, desexualize and destigmatize women’s reproductive health – a topic shrouded in shame for far too long.’
Wortham also mentions an incident where an artist named Rupi Kaur posted a photo to her Instagram of a woman wearing a pair of period-stained tracksuit bottoms. The photo was removed – twice – by Instagram for being offensive, although it has since been allowed to remain on the site. Kaur re-uploaded the image with the comment, ‘Their patriarchy is leaking. Their misogyny is showing. We won’t be censored.’
Women across the twittersphere have joined together to share the highs and lows of their monthly period struggles, diminishing the stigma and giving us all a good laugh at the same time. Read on for a round-up of some of our favourite tweets so far…