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Instagram says it "accidentally" removed woman's period stain photo twice

The poet said that she was fully clothed and the photo was not unacceptable.

rupi kaur period Source: Rupi Kaur via Instagram

INSTAGRAM SAYS IT accidentally deleted two photos of a woman menstruating, after the owner complained that the image did not go against the site’s guidelines.

Canadian poet Rupi Kahr posted the photo on her Instagram, but it was removed. When she posted it again, it was also removed.

After it was deleted, she told the site:

you deleted a photo of a woman who is fully covered and menstruating stating that it goes against community guidelines when your guidelines outline that it is nothing but acceptable. the girl is fully clothed. the photo is mine. it is not attacking a certain group. nor is it spam. and because it does not break those guidelines i will repost it again. 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.

The photo was part of a series she and her sister had photographed about menstruation.

After Rupi began tweeting about what occurred, her story was supported by many other people on social media.

But the situation also stirred up debate about the depiction of menstruation, and what is acceptable – or not – to share online.

Today, Instagram sent her an apology and told her that the photo was “accidentally removed” and that it was a “mistake”.

Rupi told her followers: “We did it. You did this. Your belief in the work.”

What do you think: Should the image have been removed?


Poll Results:

No but I don't like seeing it (3022)
No (2955)
Yes (2008)
Yes but I don't mind seeing it (419)
I don't know (267)





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