Wearing your Wimbledon whites to go play tennis? Or did you get benched because you were cramping too much for activity?
Or how about free-bleeding while running your marathon? What is with the paradox of being dainty flowers that also bleed and play bad-ass sports. We’re no match for anyone so we get treated as lesser than?
We’ve chosen the work ‘Mary Magdalene’ by Gentileschi c. 1617-20 that now hangs in Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy. It was commissioned by Grand Duchess Maria Maddalena, wife of Cosimo II de Medici. This painting is a combination of the imagery from stories of Mary, Lazarus’ sister and Mary Magdalen. The piety and the richness is overlayed in Gentileschi’s chosen symbols. We’ve reimagined that the subject was simply awaiting a fair game of tennis to only have to cancel because their menstruation commenced instead.
We need to discuss how menstruation can have an impact on an athlete’s performance and overall well-being, and acknowledging and addressing this can help athletes to better manage their menstrual cycles and maintain optimal physical and mental health. By discussing menstruation openly and honestly, we can create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all athletes.
We need to get loud, like we’re cheering on something that matters. Perhaps progress needs more lighter fluid, hey, Wimbledon has changed it’s rules after 135 years. Let’s strike a match.
We are the rebels that aim to break societal shackles to empower everyone in their menstrual journeys. We know that menstruation is a natural process that should not be shrouded in shame and secrecy. We denounce the patriarchal norms that limit opportunities during menstruation. We believe that menstrual cycles should not hinder anyone’s success, education, or work. We demand for the elimination of menstrual stigma and discrimination in all spheres of life.
We pledge to work towards creating a world where access to menstrual products and education is a basic human right regardless of gender, ethnicity, age or economic status. It is time to prioritise menstrual health and provide access to safe, hygienic, and sustainable menstrual products for all those in need.
We stand for complete menstrual wellness, not just for our physical health but for our mental and emotional health as well.
We must reclaim this sign of life-giving power. Menstruation is a strength, NOT a weakness. It is time to break the taboos.
We dare to create a world where menstruation is not just accepted, but celebrated. It is time to embrace it. We’re not here to skirt around the bush, we may joke about our flows (because we can), we’ll discuss gastrointestinal issues during our period, and you’re gonna see blood. We provide an intersectional space to feature every experience in menstruation.
We will use the discourse of art, literature, technology, humanities and public policy to effectively carry out our mission. We call on all anyone who isn’t afraid of breaking the status quo to stand with us in this movement towards menstrual wellness and empowerment.
This isn’t just a rebellion. This isn’t just a revolution. This is a renaissance.
This is OUR renaissance.
The Renaissance Period is a taboo-busting, digital platform providing all those who menstruate (and their allies!) with personalized options for their menstruation needs via subscription boxes (coming soon) and other relevant products, engaging content, and an inclusive community to support them.
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