Update: It's January 22, 2016, and humans are still terrified of small amounts of blood.
Thankfully, Anushka Dasgupta found an opportunity to make blood, specifically the menstrual kind, less of a big freaking deal for herself and those close to her.
As she made her way home on Sunday, stares from passersby and one woman's offer of a "sanitary napkin" made it quite evident to Dasgupta she began her monthly cycle mid-commute.
Rather than run home in a full panic with her backpack hanging over her butt, Dasgupta posted a photo of her period pants on Facebook, along with a message to the men who stared agape and the women who suggested she hide her stains.
I came home today at four minutes past nine after a long walk, a metro journey and a 10 minute bus ride. There's... Posted by Anushka Dasgupta on Sunday, January 17, 2016
I bleed every 28-35 days, it is painful at times, I get moody at times, but I walk into the kitchen and get myself some chocolate biscuits and I'm good to go for the next eight hours come hell or high water because I AM NOT ASHAMED… Check out the big red blotch on my pants all you want, check out my butt, check out the way I move, come touch me if you dare, and I will show you that I AM NOT ASHAMED.
To the men, in particular, Dasgupta offered to teach them to use pads if they taught her to pee in public.
Because clearly you're not ashamed, and neither am I.
After her post gained traction online, Dasgupta told BuzzFeed her favorite reaction was from her grandmother, who opened up about her own history with menstrual shame.
When I showed her the post, my grandmom opened up to me about menstrual stigma in her times, what she thought about it, and how traumatic her experiences were. She's opening up to me about things she hasn't ever spoken about in her 71 years thanks to this post. THAT outweighs all the hate. THAT helps me ensure that this post doesn't become just another internet gimmick.
Finally, a great bargain for a pair of ruined pants.