The trend of de-stigmatizing the female menstrual cycle with open and honest discussion continues in wake of Chinese Oympic swimmer, Fu Yuanhui’s frank answer in an interview at the Rio Olympics.
Fu became an overnight sensation, overshadowing China’s gold medalists, due to her entertaining interviews (in one she put her personal best time down to ‘mystic energy’). Refreshingly honest and infectious, Fu’s personality earned her many social media fans. But it’s not her wit and endearing abashedness that continue this necessary discussion. It’s one simple answer she gave when asked after her 4x100m medley relay (in which her team came 4th place) if she was experiencing stomach pains.
The 20 year old plaintively answered that she didn’t feel up to standard on account of getting her periods the night before. “Actually my period started last night, so I’m feeling pretty weak and tired, really tired.”, she said. “But this isn’t an excuse. At the end of the day I just didn’t swim well.”
Fu has been lauded on social media for breaking the stigma around female athlete’s menstrual cycles. One fan said, “It is a normal physiological phenomenon, so why can’t we mention it? Fu Yuanhui is awesome!”
Eyewitness News reported a 2015 study published by The Female Athlete Health Group that showed the impact a female athlete’s cycle may have on her performance. One third of 1073 women felt their performance was affected by their menstrual cycle and 36% suffered from menorrhagia (heavy bleeding) as a result of training on their period.
“I’m not going to suck in my uterus. I don’t have to do that.”- Jennifer Lawrence
The Guardian reports that 80 years after tampons first hit the shelves in the US, ‘a deep-rooted cultural resistance and inadequate sex education in China’ are to blame that only 2% of Chinese women use tampons- A great tool for, say, swimming while on your menstrual cycle.
While Fu made strides on the athletic front of the stigma surrounding periods, she begins a trend of many who are taking the step to de-stigmatizing the ‘ew’-factor of periods. Put it down to some ‘mystic energy’ in the air.
Inspired, we share a few times famous ladies spoke openly about their monthly visitor. Because yes, this is real life.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE’S DRESS ‘B’:
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Lawrence described how her menstrual cycle determined the dress she wore to the Golden Globes in January this year. “Plan A was a dress that I couldn’t wear because awards season is synced with my menstrual cycle, and it has been for years,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. Her Dior dress was “loose at the front. And I didn’t have to worry about sucking anything in. The other dress was really tight, and I’m not going to suck in my uterus. I don’t have to do that.”
.. AND DROPPING INTERVIEW MENSTRUAL BOMBS:
In an interview with Marie Claire US Lawrence also revealed that she was on her period at that very moment when asked if she ever Googles herself. “I’ll be PMSing and just in the mood for a cry. In fact, the first thing I’m doing after I leave this interview is Googling ‘Jennifer Lawrence backlash.'”
“THAT’S RIGHT I’M BLEEDING..”- Katy Perry
GIGI HADID’S CUPS FLOWETH OVER:
In a refreshingly real Instagram post Gigi Hadid voiced a (debatable) upside to your monthly cycle: Increased breast surface area and volume.
“My boobs are small right now. They get really big when it’s, like, that time of the month.”
Something we’re sure Gigi uses to her advantage. You go Glen Coco!
CHRISSY TEIGEN KNOWS WHAT GIGI’S TALKING ABOUT:
NOT EVEN HER FIRST PERIOD STOPPED MILEY CYRUS:
Cyrus got her first period on the set of Hannah Montana but refused to stop shooting. In white pants. She told Marie Claire US: “It was so embarrassing, but I couldn’t leave. And I was crying, begging my mom, ‘You’re going to have to put the tampon in. I have to be on set.'”
KATY PERRY IS DEFINITELY NOT PREGNANT:
When Katy Perry was bombarded with prying pregnancy rumours, she let Twitter in on the state of her uterus lining.
“Ur gonna make me cry, maybe that’s my period tho,” she wrote. “THAT’S RIGHT I’M BLEEDING. Face. Better luck next month peepz.”
@thedoctoluke ur gonna make me cry, maybe that’s my period tho. THAT’S RIGHT I’M BLEEDING. Face. Better luck next month peepz.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) January 13, 2010
LILY ALLEN WANTS IT ON A SHIRT:
In an interview with Rolling Stone Lilly Allen suggested a solution to de-stigmatizing periods. “I think that ‘period’ is going to be my ‘surfboard’ with Beyoncé,” she said, referencing “Drunk In Love”. “People will wear sweatshirts to my concerts that are just going to say ‘period.'”
AS ACTRESS AND SINGER, JACKIE TOHN PUT IT:
“What’s so sad about people being shamed for getting their periods and how the female body works is that none of us would be here if it weren’t for how the female body works,” she said. “So that that is sort of a shaming as opposed to a celebration is just mind-boggling and baffling.”
Written by Zoya Pon for Marie Claire SA.
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