Por Fernanda Peña
1 diciembre, 2018

«Sí, soy una mujer. Por lo tanto, sangro», escribió.

Su nombre es Stephanie Góngora y es instructora de yoga en Casa Colibrí. Su cuenta de Instagram a diario publica increíbles posturas de yoga, pero esta ha sido sin duda la más polémica. Góngora vistió de blanco para una de sus sesiones habituales, se subió al tapete y se filmó en varias poses… Pero esta vez una mancha roja (de su periodo) emergió. Y ella -muy valiente- decidió publicar el video en Instagram con la siguiente frase:

«Soy una mujer, por lo tanto, sangro».

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It's #StartSomethingSunday again…and we are still talking about PERIODS. . . No. I'm not bleeding on my white leggings today. (They are clean for everyone concerned). My cycle is already over, but the conversation surrounding Menstruation Shaming is just getting started. . . Last week, I talked about @corawomen. . . Today, I want to use this (limited) space to highlight other charitable players in the world of moon cycles. . . There are quite a few out there, and while they give many of us fabulous options to handle our monthly blood, they also provide the Only option for many women in need. . . There's @LunaPads , a company that makes sustainable, re-usable Organic (or conventional) cotton pads & panties. They also have a partnership with Diva Cup and almost all of their products participate in the #One4Her project, partnering with AFRIpads in Uganda, providing both jobs & free products for women there. . . And maybe you're a menstruation cup girl. I love mine on my lighter days. If so, check out @rubycup . Your purchase of one of their medical grade silicone cups will also send one to a young girl in Eastern Africa, allowing her to stay in school instead of hiding at home for fear of a leak. . . Don't need any more products, but still want to help? That's awesome. Check out.. . . @DaysforGirls – A worldwide charity centered around bringing education about menstruation to impoverished communities & providing sanitary products to those who cannot afford them. @dignity_period – A nonprofit in Ethiopia supplying school girls with re-usable pads. Mina Cup – A project to provide free menstrual cups to young ladies in Johannesburg, South Africa. @thehomelessperiodproject – A charity that raises money to provide pads & tampons to the homeless, while also petitioning to have them available and government funded in shelters, just like condoms. . . I'm sure there are many more. I urge you to share any that you know about in the comments below. I get no kick back (product or money) from any of these companies or organizations. Every Sunday, I simply share something that I support. . . Have an organization you want highlighted? Email info@casa-colibri.com

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Después acompañó su foto con un abierto discurso que insta a la gente a hablar abiertamente acerca de la menstruación.

I am a woman, therefore, I bleed. . It's messy, it's painful, it's terrible, & it's beautiful. . And yet, you wouldn't know. Because I hide it. . I bury things at the bottom of the trash. I breathe, ragged and awkward through the cramps, all the while holding onto this tight lipped, painted on smile. . Tampons? What are those. We don't say those words out loud. Hide them. In the back pocket of your purse, in the corner of the bathroom drawer, at the very bottom of your shopping cart (please let me get a female cashier). . Events or engagements get missed. I'll tell myself it’s the PMS, sure, but it has more to with the risk of being "caught," at what…I'm not quite sure. . And I’m lucky. . Over 100 million young women around the globe miss school or work for lack of adequate menstrual supplies, & fear of what might happen if the world witnesses A NATURAL BODILY FUNCTION. . WHY? . Because hundreds of years of culture have made us embarrassed to bleed. Have left us feeling dirty and ashamed. . STOP PRETENDING. Stop using silly pet names like Aunt Flo because you're too afraid to say "I'm bleeding" or "vagina." Stop wasting so much effort hiding the very thing that gives this species continuity. . START talking about it. Educate your daughters. Make them understand that it can be both an inconvenience and a gift, but NEVER something to be ashamed about. Educate your sons so they don't recoil from the word tampon. So when a girl bleeds through her khaki shorts in third period (pun intended), they don't perpetuate the cycle of shame and intolerance. . This #StartSomethingSunday , I want to highlight @corawomen . . Cora Women is a 100% Organic tampon company. . But that’s not all. They are also breaking barriers. Making it ok to talk about periods, even on social media. Providing personalized, delivered tampon/pad orders right to your door. AND for every box purchased, donating a box of sustainable pads to girls who can't afford menstruation products. . Fuck yeah. That's the kind of stuff I can galvanize behind, no money or even product needed. Just a mission I support on a topic we should ALL be talking about. . More ⬇️

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Ahora esta publicación tiene más de 240 mil Likes y ha sido compartida 5.300 veces. Claro que ha recibido comentarios amables y otros crueles. Algunos usuarios dijeron haberse sentido perturbados por las imágenes, mientras que otros -en su mayoría mujeres- se han sentido inspiradas por la valentía de Góngora.

Góngora manifestó que su interés es ayudar a las mujeres que menstrúan a sentirse menos avergonzadas de una función corporal que es NATURAL.

«Soy una mujer, por lo tanto, sangro. Es desordenado, es doloroso, es terrible y a la vez hermoso. Sin embargo no lo sabrías porque lo escondo, entierro las cosas en el fondo de la basura. Respiro irregular y torpe a través de los calambres. Mientras tanto me aferro a esta sonrisa apretada y pintada».

-resumió en su contundente publicación.-

Pero Góngora no es la única que nos ha invitado a hablar abiertamente y a dejar de avergonzarnos de la menstruación. También en 2015, la baterista Kiran Gandhi se volvió tendencia mundial al correr la Maratón de Londres sin un tampón mientras tenía su periodo. Y, en 2016 la estrella de YouTube Ingrid Nilsen le preguntó abiertamente al presidente Obama sobre el impuesto sobre las ventas de toallas higiénicas y tampones en los Estados Unidos. El tema de la menstruación es sin duda algo de lo que las mujeres deberíamos estar hablando.

«DEJEMOS DE FINGIR. Deja de usar nombres tontos como tía Flo, sólo porque te avergüenza decir «estoy sangrando» o «vagina». Deja de gastar tanto esfuerzo escondiendo lo mismo que da continuidad a esta especie. Comencemos a hablar de ello».

-es otra de las contundentes declaraciones de Góngora.-

La publicación de Góngora, empezó a replicarse en cuentas de causas benéficas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro que buscan generar consciencia de aquellas mujeres al rededor del mundo que no tienen acceso a productos básicos de cuidado durante la menstruación.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1JXugmHovk/

Admirable decisión. Es hora de que empecemos a hablar de esto con la naturalidad que merece.

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