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Being naturally squeamish and five kinds of repressed, I didn't immediately love the idea of watching women menstruate. I was down with Rupi Kaur's protest against Instagram. I dug Petra Collins' psychedelic vag tees. But something about full-frontal free-bleeding seemed a little too "much" for my delicate twenty-something sensibilities. It's a good thing Vancouver photographer Jackie Dives is a certified doula. She eased me into her collection of period portraits one at a time, reminded me to breathe, and made me feel like the whole experience was totally worth it. I came out the other end convinced everyone should air out their traumatic visions of couch stains and pregnancy tests, like, once a week at least.
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An artist called Ruki Kaur posted a photo on Instagram that shows a patch of period blood. It captures the year-old fully clothed on a bed, facing away from the camera, during menstruation. Soon after, Instagram removed the image and told Kaur that it didn't follow its "Community Guidelines. You can see the original picture here. After the first picture was removed, Kaur posted it again, which Instagram again removed. After Instagram deleted the picture for a second time, Kaur took to other social media avenues to publish the image, Vice Motherboard notes. Thank you instagram for providing me with the exact response my work was created to critique.