Woman sent death threats for posting this picture of her used menstrual cup | Cosmopolitan
It's been kind of a big year for periods. First, Instagram apologised for deleting a picture of student Rupi Kaur on her period earlier this year, then Kiran Ganghi decided to 'free-bleed' during the London Marathon. It almost felt like we'd broken through the whole 'OMG women have periods' stigma. Well, just a bit. After all, it's something we go through EVERY SINGLE MONTH.
Sadly, that doesn't seem to be the case after Louelle Denor, a student at Temple University in Philadelphia, posted a picture of her fingers coated in blood from her menstrual cup. Still not sure what that is BTW? This will fill you in.
"Yes, this blood is from my #vagina," she wrote underneath the image. "It happens every month. The thing I'm holding in my hand is a #softcup #menstrualcup and it's awesome but messy to remove.'"
But instead of being praised for her bravery in sharing the picture and breaking down barriers, Louelle received a torrent of abuse from online trolls (which actually, kind of reiterated her point in posting it in the first place).
While the picture might not, admittedly, be something you'd want to stare at while eating a jam-filled donut (gag) the level of abuse Louelle receive was quite frankly staggering. Some of the comments told Louelle to "Kill yourself now plz", or that "Feminazis should be put in a shower dispersing male semen onto their faces." She was also told to add petrol to her shower, so she'd burn. Nice.
Louelle said she initially posted the controversial image because she was annoyed that pictures of women bleeding during their period were banned from Instagram. "If this was a picture of blood from a finger laceration, there'd be no issue" she argues. She went on to explain on opinion site Medium that even if people didn't necessarily agree with her photo, it still proves that women are constantly vindicated for their choices. A point well made, we think.