JWB Is #HappyToBleed All Over Patriarchy. Are You?
- IWB Post
- November 24, 2015
“A time will come when people will ask if all women should be disallowed from entering the temple throughout the year. These days there are machines that can scan bodies and check for weapons. There will be a day when a machine is invented to scan if it is the ‘right time’ for a woman to enter the temple. When that machine is invented, we will talk about letting women inside.”
These are the words of the newly appointed head of the famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala: Prayar Gopalakrishnan.
As I am typing this out, I am curbing my urge, with great efforts, to smash to smithereens this person’s patriarchal and misogynist mindset.
I mean, seriously, what are the women supposed to make out of this statement? How can this statement not boil the blood of all of us?
Oh wait! It is this ‘blood’ of ours that’s the issue! Isn’t it?
Well, dear Mr. Gopalakrishnan and other like-minded folks, I would like to channel your overtly idle minds towards a phenomenon in biology commonly known as Reproduction. Period blood comes from the lining of the uterus that swells up in anticipation of nurturing an egg. So basically, if we see, all of us, from being a tiny blip, have formed ourselves in a pool of that supposed ‘impure’ blood.
And today we are talking of inventing machines to detect the presence of that blood, based on which, we will be granted permission to enter the premises of a temple to worship the deities. Nice. Absolutely legit.
Not only is this a misogynist thought on the superlative level, it is also
- a gross invasion of a woman’s privacy, and
- a gross disrespect of womanhood.
As a counter attack to this sexist statement and to menstrual taboos at large, college student Nikita Azad initiated a campaign named #HappyToBleed on social media. That explains why you must be seeing pictures of girls holding out banners and placards with this hashtag, everywhere these days.
— Meena Kandasamy (@meenakandasamy) November 24, 2015
“We don’t believe in religion that considers half the world impure. This is not a temple-entry campaign – it’s a protest against patriarchy and gender discriminatory practices prevalent in our society. We are using happy as a word to express sarcasm – as a satire, to taunt the authorities, the patriarchal forces which attach impurity with menstruation. It may be painful, but it’s perfectly normal to bleed and it does not make me impure,” says Nikita Azad.
Kudos girl! Let us all happily bleed all over patriarchy.