WARNING: Photos may be NSFW; they may be too graphic for some people as blood can be seen.
Recently, the popular imageboard website, 4chan has been on a mission to convince women that feminine hygiene products are a form of oppression and they should not be utilized. What started out to be a bunch of teenage boys sharing a couple of silly hashtag trends have influenced feminists to fall for it and now, a new and highly disturbing feminist trend is born.
“Operation Freebleeding” or “Free Bleeding” is now a movement in which a woman who is menstruating chooses to let her blood flow freely out of her body, staining her clothes and thighs, flowing to wherever it may end up, instead of using feminine hygiene products.
The idea behind this trend consists of two ideas – First off, a woman’s menstrual cycle should not be considered unclean or unnatural, and it surely shouldn’t be considered as something to be hidden before it offends or irks out anyone. Secondly, pads, tampons and other feminine hygiene products are man-made inventions, thus, furthering the point that women are living in a world run by men.
These two reasons combined, have led women to make a stand against wearing products which absorb, collect and discard the menstrual flow. By letting it run freely, they believe that it is nature’s way intended for them to deal with their periods.
However, for regular women like us, this idea is nasty and extremely revolting. Not to mention, the conservative and traditionalist Malaysian community would eminently reject the slightest thought of this impractical act.
Dismissing hygiene and health as the least of our concerns when it comes to letting our blood flow freely, we highly doubt that this filthy trend would be of any help to advancing our human species.
What do you think of “free bleeding”? Yay or nay? Let us know in the comments section below!