Controversy has erupted on social media after an upscale fitness center in Georgia (the country) sparked controversy by posting a sign telling female members they can't use the pool during their periods. The Vake Swimming Pool and Fitness Club posted notices around the building that read: "Dear ladies! Do not go to the pool during periods."
Someone needs to explain to these guys how tampons work.
A member of the club named Sophie Tavatadze posted a picture of one of the offending signs on Facebook, writing: "Vake Swimming Pool And Fitness Club, do you even realize how offensive this is?"
Here is her post:
She pointed out that if women are to abide by this rule, they should also get a discount.
And, by the way, since according to your rules we are not allowed to use a swimming pool 5-6 days each month, do we get a preferential price compared with men? #mysogyny #mysogynyinaction.
She also noted that men aren't exactly the pinnacle of cleanliness themselves. The club defended their decision, arguing that they put the new rule in place as a "preventative measure" after their pool was "contaminated" by menstrual blood. The post led to a heated debate in the comments section, with some commenters taking the pool's side. One guy wrote:
It is for hygiene reasons for hell sake. This has nothing to do with feminism or being against women rights. Some girls have strong periods that even when they use tompax the blood leeks out. I am sorry but if I am swimming in the pool I do not want to see that. That is called asking for decency and it is by no means offensive.
Not a single person suggested in the comments section that female members of the pool go tampon-free during their periods in a bloody rebellion against the sexist (and difficult to enforce) new rule. Because apparently these commenters are more mature than I am.