Thursday 21 November 2019

Woman writes open letter to Instagram after they remove menstruation image

Image came from a photoseries on periods

Clare Cullen

Instagram have come under fire once again for the removal of a photo that they say violates their 'community guidelines'.

Rupi Kaur, a Sikh poet studying at the University of Waterloo, Canada, posted an image to her Instagram account as part of a photo series she was doing for school. The image was subsequently removed, citing a violation of community guidelines.

Reposting the image for a second time, Kaur wrote:

"Thank you Instagram for providing me with the exact response my work was created to critique. You deleted a photo of a woman who is fully covered and menstruating stating that it goes against community guidelines when your guidelines outline that it is nothing but acceptable".

"I will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of a misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak... when your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many of whom are underage) are objectified, pornified, and treated less than human".

"I bleed each month to help make humankind a possibility... In older civilizations this blood was considered holy... But a majority of people, societies, and communities shun this natural process. Some are more comfortable with the pornification, the sexualization of women, the violence and degradation of women than this".

"We menstruate and they see it as dirty, attention seeking, sick, a burden. As if this process is less natural than breathing... As if this process is not love, labour, life. Selfless and strikingly beautiful."


The image was removed a second time, leading Kaur to change platform to popular micro-blogging site Tumblr.

"It’s sad that this is still happening in this world. I know that some communities and cultures go out of their way to shun and oppress a woman on her period. I guess Instagram is another one of them".

"Their patriarchy is leaking. Their misogyny is leaking. We will not be censored." 

Kaur is asking people to tweet Instagram or share her image across their social media channels.

UPDATE: Instagram apologise for removal of menstruation image

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