dlikeatree asked: Thoughts on free-bleeding?
White Feminism. Menstrual blood is considered medical waste and if you deliberately expose people to yours then you’re a jerk. If you force people to clean up your mess because you thought your periods were beautiful and you should free bleed all over public places you’re a jerk. If you make your feminism all about menstruation, ignoring the fact that it’s not exclusive to women, then you’re a jerk.
- Mod D.
And once again, many people with vaginas that have gone through rape or sexual abuse have had vaginal tearing, bleeding, or physical trauma from it. Even still, when I get my period my first thought goes to the blood on the bed sheets from physical trauma, not from a naturally occurring body function. I can’t be the only who has that trigger, and if you free bleed in public spaces where people dealing with that might be exposed and triggered, you’re an asshole. I get that menstruation is/can be beautiful, but it’s not always the first thing a survivor/victim will think of when they see blood between someone’s legs! Not to mention people who have dealt with miscarriages or stillbirth, where vaginal bleeding can be a reminder of the loss of a wanted child. Blood is associated with a lot of things, but especially physical pain. Please be mindful of this (and the medical/health issues already pointed out by the person above) if you’re seriously considering free bleeding.
STOP! FREE WHAT? Isn’t blood a biohazard? How is that even hygenic? ETA: I hear it’s a prank?
Free bleeding is one of those things that can work for women who have a light flow (and I’ve heard the shape of vagina/vulva makes a difference). It’s not supposed to make a mess, it’s about not using products unless you need them (or that’s how it started, anyway). Of course, like any “this works for some people” idea, group A tries to push it on everyone “you are a BAD FEMINIST if you don’t free bleed your period blood is the sacred essence of womanhood” and group B acts like it’s some kind of horrifying global pandemic “blood in the street the menstrual fluid is OUT OF CONTROL damn feminists” and then it all goes round in increasingly ridiculous circles.
1) blood is a biohazard, be careful.
2) you don’t necessarily need to go through four pounds of cotton a day to be careful.
Ah, I see. 4 pounds of cotton a day, eh? :/
Mm naturally the sellers of sanitary products would prefer people having a period to use a tampon and a pad and maybe panty liners the rest of the month JUST IN CASE. Which is, in the vast majority of cases, complete overkill. But many women are raised and encouraged in the belief their bodily functions are utterly taboo and will fortify their underpants with ramparts of super absorbency just in case.
No criticism intended towards people who have really heavy flows or are upset by blood! But the original intent of free bleeding was just to relax a bit against the pressure to be ~fresh and dainty~ even it it takes cramming half a sheep up there to keep your panties spotless.