Rupi Kaur’s photo was removed by instagram.she then writes a powerful open letter in response

Rupi Kaur's photo was removed by instagram.she then writes a powerful open letter in response



Indian student Rupi Kaur, a Sikh writer studying at the University of Waterloo, Canada, posted a picture that is a part of her photo-series project for a visible rhetoric course on Instagram. it had been later on taken down by Instagram citing violation of the ‘Community Guidelines’. that is the pic above.

Rupi Kaur's photo was removed by instagram.she then writes a powerful open letter in response

“Thank you @instagram for providing me with the exact response my work was created to critique. 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 re-post it.

Rupi Kaur's photo was removed by instagram.she then writes a powerful open letter in response

 I will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of a misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak when your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many of whom are underage) are objectified, pornified, and treated less than human. Thank you. This image is a part of my photo series project for my visual rhetoric course. you can view the full series at rupikaur.com. 

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Rupi Kaur's photo was removed by instagram.she then writes a powerful open letter in response

I bleed each month to help make humankind a possibility. My womb is home to the divine, a source of life for our species, whether i choose to create or not. But very few times is it seen that way. In older civilizations this blood was considered holy. In some it still is. But a majority of people, societies, and communities shun this natural process. Some are more comfortable with the pornification, the sexualization of women, the violence and degradation of women than this.

Rupi Kaur's photo was removed by instagram.she then writes a powerful open letter in response

They cannot be bothered to express their disgust about all that but will be angered and bothered by this. We menstruate and they see it as dirty, attention seeking, sick, a burden. As if this process is less natural than breathing. as if it is not a bridge between this universe and the last. As if this process is not love, labour, life. Selfless and strikingly beautiful.”

Rupi Kaur's photo was removed by instagram.she then writes a powerful open letter in response

 Instagram once more took down the photo

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