Indian Women Are Fighting Back Against A Temple That Wants A Scanner To Detect Menstruation

Happy to bleed.

If you have your period, you may not be able to get into certain temples in India. One temple in particular went so far to consider installing a scanner that could detect when women were menstruating, because the uncontrollable and most basic part of a woman's biology makes her "unpure."

"There will be a day when a machine is invented to scan if it is the 'right time' [not menstruating] for a woman to enter the temple," Prayar Gopalakrishnan, president of the board of the Sabarimala temple, told ABC News. 

"When that machine is invented, we will talk about letting women inside."

Yeah, about that. 

Fed up with the ridiculous sexism, college student Nikita Azad started the #HappyToBleed campaign in an attempt to rally women and share their unapologetic pride for having a period. 

She created a petition online and explained her point of view in a blog post:

Some friends have argued that we actually don't need to enter the temples, or follow a religion which discriminate, for that matter. Let us be clear, this is not a temple-entry campaign. This campaign is an initiative against sexism, and the taboos it uphold since ages. The class structure has created various forms of patriarchy like locking women in kitchens, reducing her contribution in production processes, considering her a reproductive machine, attaching the 'honour' tag, objectifying her as an object of sexual pleasure, impurity during menses etc. 


More than 100 women from all corners of the Internet joined in, sharing tweets or selfies while holding signs with the #HappyToBleed hashtag. They're tired of the blatant disregard for women, one of the things India is particularly known for

The Facebook group Feminism in India shared a few to reiterate Azad's message. The group's founder and editor in chief, Japleen Pasricha, wrote exactly why the sexist notion that women with periods are impure is hypocritical.

"My vagina bleeds, which is ironically why you accept me as a 'woman,' else I'd have been dismissed as barren," she wrote. "So shut the f*ck up about impurity, this blood is the reason why you exist."

You tell him, lady. 

Check out a few of the other women's #HappyToBleed submissions below:

Amen to that. 


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