kiran gandhiKiran Gandhi ran the 2015 London Marathon while on her period… without a tampon. The story blew up over social media and Gandhi was soon being contacted by all sorts of major media outlets to share her story.

Clara Morris, a theatre performer in New York, penned a biting takedown of the fact that Kiran Gandhi received more media attention than the marathon’s actual women’s champion, Tigist Tufa.

The piece is entitled: “A Response To the Free Bleeding Marathon Runner From the Marathon’s Actual Winner” and is written from Tufa’s perspective. Morris writes that while Gandhi trended on twitter, one lone article on Tufa appeared in Runner’s World (which isn’t true, considering that we here at Canadian Running live-tweeted the event and covered Tufa’s win).tigist tufa

A great portion of Morris’ piece reads:

“In Gandhi’s numerous magazine and blog interviews, she said she chose not to wear a tampon in order to fight sexism and erase the stigma about periods. But do you know what fights sexism in an extremely tangible way? Running 26.2 miles faster than hundreds of men. Literally hundreds of men. Like me. That’s what I did.”

Tigist Tufa is also the course record holder for the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, running 2:24.31 in May of 2014. Her younger sister Mestawet Tufa is also an elite runner.

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6 Comments

  • Amy says:

    This is the classic strategy of pitting woman against woman. One woman received media coverage for her actions (or non-action, in this case) and so she must be at odds with the other women who also deserve attention? I’m sure that more than one man received press coverage following this race – Are they enemies now?

  • Amy says:

    This is the classic strategy of pitting woman against woman. One woman received media coverage for her actions (or non-action, in this case) and so she must be at odds with the other women who also deserve attention? I’m sure that more than one man received press coverage following this race – Are they enemies now?

  • sas318 says:

    Even though that article is fake, it does have a point. The real winner won fair and square with no controversies or problems. That’s too boring to publish. The public is interested in shock stories, like Tampon Girl.

  • sas318 says:

    Even though that article is fake, it does have a point. The real winner won fair and square with no controversies or problems. That’s too boring to publish. The public is interested in shock stories, like Tampon Girl.

  • Steve Brulé says:

    This demonstrates how resoundingly the feminist agenda dominates the media. The irony of ignoring a super-star athlete who earned legitimate victory and accomplishment in favor of celebrating a pretentious attention-grabber seeking sympathy for a fake cause is iconic feminism.

  • Steve Brulé says:

    This demonstrates how resoundingly the feminist agenda dominates the media. The irony of ignoring a super-star athlete who earned legitimate victory and accomplishment in favor of celebrating a pretentious attention-grabber seeking sympathy for a fake cause is iconic feminism.

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