This Gym Banned Menstruating Women From Its Pool
We'd like to think we've come a long way since menstruation was deemed a curse, but one rule in a gym in Tbilisi, the country of Georgia's capital, proves that the period taboo is alive and well. A woman named Sophie Tabatadze captured a sign in Vake Swimming Pool And Fitness Club reading, "Dear Ladies! Do not go to the pool during periods."
Tabatadze made a good point about this rule over Facebook: "By the way, since according to your rules we are not allowed to use a swimming pool five to six days each month, do we get a preferential price compared with men?"
But wait until you hear the gym's reasoning. After she contacted them directly via Facebook, they responded (according to a translation by BuzzFeed): "Our statement is not sexist and has a preventive objective. We had a case, when the water was contaminated due to which [we] had suffered damage. We try to follow norms of hygiene and we ask our members to do the same." Yup, they implied getting your period is bad hygiene.
If this is depressing you, take consolation in the angry posts now flooding the gym's Facebook page.
One poster made a very apt observation: "How do you know if your members are menstruating? Do you have gynecologists on standby for when someone wants to go swimming?"
Another said this has ruined the pool's reputation as "Tbilisi's hippest private pool."
One person simply sent the link to the WikiHow on swimming when you're on your period.
Misconceptions about menstruation may still be frighteningly widespread, but at least women are making period-shamers pay.
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