10 Bold Artworks That Prove Menstrual Blood Is Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

“Menstrual blood is the only source of blood that is not traumatically induced. Yet in modern society, this is the most hidden blood, the one so rarely spoken of and almost never seen.” So said poet, activist and scholar Judy Grahn, in her seminal book, “Blood, Bread and Roses: How Menstruation Created The World“. And she couldn’t have put it more perfectly. Grahn’s words rang truer than ever when I came across a number of artworks on Instagram. Each of them depicted an experience that was incredibly familiar, and yet somehow never saw the light of day.

The reasons for this secrecy are manifold. We are told to be ashamed of our menstrual blood, we are told not to ‘offend the sensibilities’ of our non-bleeding male relatives by talking about our periods, and what’s worse is that so many of us are denied access to menstrual hygiene products, or we’re taxed extra for it.

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A Decade Of Rainbows: 14 Powerful And Fierce Messages From Delhi Pride

What started out a tiny group of people marching from Regal Cinema in 2008 has today become a massive celebration of all LGBTQ Indians in the heart of the nation. Yes, the tenth annual Delhi Queer Pride has just come to a close, and it was a lovely, vibrant, clamorous occasion, as people came out in hordes to fly the rainbow flag high.

One of the things that we love so much about Pride are the creative, witty, snarky, assertive, colourful posters that bob along over a sea of heads. And we couldn’t not document them for posterity! So here are our picks:

Source: @girlwhowanders

Autonomy has always been at the centre of LGBTQ rights. Every queer individual should have the final say on what they wish to do with their bodies – be it dressing a particular way, expressing their gender and sexuality, and choosing their partners. Thanks to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, the community has been denied their right to their own bodies.


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It Is Time We Talk About Gender Wage Gap & Encourage Women To Fight For Their Rights

This is no secret to us all that even in the 21st century, there exists a huge wage gap between men and women. For equal work, women get paid lesser than their male counterparts. But this is the tip of the iceberg and fixing the problem requires a much deeper understanding of the issue.
Reebok has begun an important campaign in this regard – Equal Pay – where it is encouraging women to fight for their right.


Why does the wage gap exist?

The disadvantages women face in the workplace don’t always begin with their paycheck. When multinational companies reward employees who can work longest in the least flexible hours, they indirectly penalise those persons with caregiving responsibilities outside of work. More often than not, these employees tend to be women.

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