Banned From Swimming Because Of Her Period
A leisure centre hit the headlines last month after banning women from swimming when they are on their period.
The fitness club in Georgia put up posters warning women to avoid the pool while menstruating, claiming it was a threat to public hygiene.
The rules were posted on the walls of the women’s changing room and translate to, ‘Dear ladies! Do not go into the pool during periods.’
When confronted over their misogynist actions, the Vake Swimming Pool and Fitness Club which is based in Georgia’s capital city, Tbilisi, justified the ban by saying, “We’ve had incidents where we’ve found tampons in the pool.”
As the backlash grew, a number of disgruntled female customers took to social media to protest.
One customer expressed her disgust on Facebook. Sophie Tabatadze wrote, “Do you even realise how offensive that is? And, by the way, since according to your rules we are not allowed to use a swimming a pool 5-6 days each month, do we a preferential price compared with men?”
Incredibly, the club, which is one of the most exclusive places to workout in the city, responded by refusing to back down.
They said, “Our statement is not sexist and has a preventive objective. We had a case, when the water was contaminated. We try to follow norms of hygiene and we ask our members to do the same.”
The club told Buzzfeed its policy had been in place for years.
However medical advice directly contradicts the club’s claims that taking a dip while you’re menstruating is unclean and NHS direct actually recommends gentle swimming as a way of relieving painful cramps.
What do you think of the ban? And what would you say if someone asked you not to swim on your period? Let us know in the comments.