Katie Byrne: not up for discussion
Are some feminist groups closing down debate?
A few months ago I read a Twitter conversation started by Caitlin Moran. The exchange began when the author congratulated Kiran Gandhi for running the London Marathon during her period without wearing a tampon.
Gandhi told reporters she did it to de-stigmatise menstruation, and a number of women joined Moran in congratulating her. However, a few men questioned her message. One suggested that she should have worn a T-shirt or some other garment that outlined her cause - otherwise "most people would think she'd had an accident".
Another male Twitter follower of Moran's asked how we would react if a man performed a similar stunt, before questioning the hygiene of free-bleeding. "You'd object if a lady on a train had a nosebleed and did nothing to stop it being flicked around," he wrote.