Have you ever wondered how deeply taboos penetrate our culture?
We learned in 2015 that period taboos were built into Instagram’s censorship protocol, thanks to an art series by Rupi Kaur. The series, “period.”, used images depicting periods in an attempt to redirect the degradation of women.
Instagram removed the photo here, and another related imageg, from its feed, two times, presumably because the images were flagged by users. Eventually, Instagram re-posted the images and apologized to Rupi.
Rupi wrote about the incident in a Facebook post, where she thanked Instagram for proving how deeply rooted period taboos are. “i will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak,” she wrote.
The Facebook post has received more than 4,000 comments and more than 18,000 shares, as of the time of this post.
Thank you, Rupi, for helping lessen the taboo!
(More coverage of this incident from HuffPost.)