The Republican presidential debate was last Thursday, but it’s still making headlines, thanks in large part to Donald Trump…and his big mouth.
The quick backstory: Moderator Megyn Kelly asked Donald during the debate about sexist comments he’s made in the past—questions he called “ridiculous” and “off-base.” He went on to say on CNN that, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her…wherever,” heavily implying that Megyn was on her period.
Um...excuse us? Donald backtracked this weekend, saying that he actually meant “nose” by his comment. But we're not buying it—and we'd like Donald (and everyone else for that matter) to quit it with the old, "she was moody so she must have been on her period" trope. Periods don't work like that, Bruh!
To prove it to Trump and everyone else, here are seven women who show it's possible to menstruate and do great things, or at least be functioning members of society.
1. Create Masterpieces
“When we first started, all of the art was made in 'real time'—meaning while I was actively menstruating. ... Every pour looked different.” —Artist Jen Lewis, a self-proclaimed “menstrual designer” who uses her period blood to create stunning photos
— Bonnie Datt (@BonnieDatt) August 11, 2015
3. Complete Yoga Teacher Training
“It had zero impact on my ability to get it done or the overall experience itself.” —Elise W.
“I repeatedly breastfed my daughter while I was on my period. I get really bad cramps, but—shocker—it didn’t keep me from doing it.” —Liz S.
5. Run a Marathon
"I ran with blood dripping down my legs for sisters who don't have access to tampons and sisters who, despite cramping and pain, hide it away and pretend like it doesn't exist." —Drummer Kiran Gandhi, who free bled as she ran the London marathon this year
6. ...Or Run Just as Fast as Men!
“I kept up with the men’s running team at school during a six-mile run while I was on my period. It felt really badass.” —Anne M.
7. Compete in Pro Tennis Tournaments
“Women's monthly issues seem to be one of those subjects that gets swept under the carpet and is a big secret. I think women do suffer in silence.” —British tennis player Tara Moore, who tells the BBC that she’s played in six major tournaments while on her period, including a four-hour match
8. Have Sex
"I want nothing to do with a man who refuses to f*ck me while I’m on the rag. I bleed, therefore I am. And if you want my vagina, you have to accept her as she is, which is sometimes with chunks of clot and other uterus crap coming out of her." —Australian writer Kat George, who explained why period sex is the best on Vice
9. Go to Prom
"Yep, did that. My dress was white, too. Probably did some period makeout stuff that night—whatever!" —Caitlin A.
10. Do Their Job
— Narc (@_Narcissa_) August 11, 2015
11. Take Photos—and Post Them on Instagram
“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.” —Canadian artist and poet Rupi Kaur, who made headlines after an artistic photo of herself in period-stained pants was removed by Instagram (Instagram later apologized)
12. Grocery Shop
"I was even able to choose between paper and plastic!" —Robin H.
— hd (@subatomicbrain) August 8, 2015