Art, Periods and Censorship on Social Media

By Karley Sciortino / above artwork by Richard Prince /

Over the past week, people have been sounding off about how Instagram censored the below photo of a fully clothed woman on her period. Dark times, huh? The photo is from a series of artworks by the Toronto-based poet and artist, Rupi Kaur. In her original artist statement, Kaur said the objective of the work was to demystify and destigmatize the female body — to make viewers “realize these are just regular, normal processes,” nothing to reject or shame. Well, sorry–Instagram disagrees with you! Your period is gross; remove this unsexy image at once. Continue reading “Art, Periods and Censorship on Social Media”