While the thought of being in a bikini during my period doesn’t exactly appeal to me, that doesn’t mean I have not spent many a summer day splashing around with an organic cotton tampon protecting my itsy bitsy bikini bottoms. If I make sure my tampon string is tucked in securely, then no one would ever know, anyway, right?
Well, a swimming pool in Tbilisi, Georgia (the country), is SO disgusted by women on their periods, that they actually banned any woman menstruating from utilizing their facilities.
The sign reads: "Dear ladies! Do not go to the pool during periods"
Sophie Tabatadze, who spotted the sign at Vake Swimming Pool and Fitness Club and posted it to her Facebook page, wrote alongside the photo: "Do you even realise how offensive this is? And, by the way, since according to your rules we are not allowed to use a swimming pool 5-6 days each month, do we get a preferential price compared with men?”
Reps from the fitness center said in an interview that although it seems sexist, to them, it’s just a “preventative objective.” Yeah, okay. This isn't blatantly misogynistic or anything.... Oh, no wait. It's BLATANTLY misogynistic.
They went on to say that they had a bad experience where the water was “contaminated,” after someone discovered a tampon floating in it. So, since that one incident happened — that one, isolated incident that is without a doubt extremely rare — all women on their periods are banned.
It’s pretty unclear as to how the people running the fitness center would ever be able to tell if a woman is on her period or not, so I imagine most (if not all) women are going to totally ignore this sexist rule.
All I have to say is that I’ve seen actual human feces in a community pool, before. Yeah, that’s a true statement. A little kid in the pool at a beach club where my family and I were swimming shat in the pool. I’m pretty sure all people who poop were not banned from the pool after that, since, you know, men also poop. And we certainly don’t ban men from doing activities due to their natural bodily functions, right? Of course not!
And we certainly don’t ban men from doing certain activities due to their natural bodily functions, right? Of course not!
The sexism is so real, ladies…
Kali is working hard to break the period stigma, but we want more women like Sophie to speak out when they feel oppressed or judged for what their bodies do naturally. We have a long way to go, but posts like the one above are a great way to not only spread awareness, but to put businesses and people on blast for oppressing women. There are many people out there who will argue that women are equal and feminism is a joke.
Believe it or not, there are many, many people out there who will argue that women are equal and feminism is a joke. This ban on women using the pool during their periods is a prime example of why we still need feminism.
Let’s keep fighting, ladies. Together, we can break the period stigma for good.