“Oye Mi Cuerpo pide Salsa”

CW- Body fluids, language.

In social media I am that Cultural Marxist your Alex Jones warned you about. I think about content warnings and I am delete/ban heavy on my page when people with shitty opinions show up to play on my public posts.

I never said I was the tolerant left. So I do check people for using ablelist or any other insensitive language and I try to make myself available to explain my position as best as I can in order to create a genuine dialogue where people can comfortably come to understand why social justice is important work we must all do. As a writer/artist as well as every day life friend, I have a real weird mix of people on my social media accounts with different world views and experiences, it makes for a fun mix of interactions between people whom wouldn’t know each other except through social media. I find part of life interactions on the internet lovely and fascinating. So long as everyone is respectful to each other as my friends, I am okay with letting discourse happen on my posts without me on my page. I am desensitized to the internet and the awful things posted so personally when I scroll down my timeline I do not mind if there are no CW on things except when there is dead people or abuse. I am personally not a squeamish person, in another life before I became sick I used to work as a hospice aide and before that as a nurse aide and phlebotomist at a now-defunct assisted living facility. These types of jobs require a lot of physical, emotional strength as much as a strong stomach. Besides that, raising two children and little sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews later prepared me to be consistently unperturbed by bodily fluids.

So you can imagine my surprise when I found myself completely grossed out over the weekend after seeing a viral video (sans content warning) of a western woman, dressed all in white free bleeding and doing yoga.

Although trying to promote awareness that women bleed in some interviews she shouted out some up and coming Toms shoes-like tampon brand so at this time it is not well understood if this is a lowkey but well crafted publicity stunt. Yes! We bleed but not all women bleed and that is not a shared experience of women, that needs be taught, and not all of us have had access to products and many of us sat through class in a puddle of blood, but not all of us were taught to hide it or be ashamed of it either.

By the wayside went the real conversations like how poor women in India struggle to access affordable sanitary care products and highlight some of the solutions, or we can talk about women in Nepal and the perils of menstruation huts but we are not of that culture and so our Western gaze isn’t what is needed in the discourse. Educating ourselves, others and amplifying the voices of those whom are fighting on the ground sort of speak is what we as allies do. And please lets not look away from the West, where for profit prisons choose weather they want to provide inmates with clean sanitary napkins and where tampons are taxed as a luxury item in some places, same places that ignore that menstruation is not even a woman’s only issues: We are at a place where trans men and their issues with body dismorphia and need for support during this time of the month go unnoticed.

The free bleeding movement as a whole was a joke conceived by trolls on 4Chan and the silly thing reclaimed and twisted into a weird reality where the feminist movement has been overtaken by nonsense whilst real issues go untouched. We could talk about healthier alternative options to feminine hygienic products and how wasteful they are like the cup, or these DIY re-washable pads.

As a whole, leftists need spicier discourse than this when it comes to breaking societal taboos, women’s body autonomy and access to the things that we need to keep our bodies healthy. I don’t know, maybe I’m being too hard on our girl because I’m also on my period and I do get moody...

Anyways, I urge you to slap a content warning and share with people more information on these above issues and as you share the video, use this time to create a dialogue and even an action plan on how you can help: for immediate action, maybe do a sanitary drive during your next get together, encourage your friends to bring an item to donate to a local homeless or women’s shelters they are always in need of these types of donations.

Do keep moving in the new year with our resolution to self care, question everything and make your feminism more intersectional. Today I want to share a spicy salsa recipe, I like eating spicy during that time of the month, it is not only comfort food for my soul but I feel like the intense heat also soothes my body. If you’re over 21 I highly recommend adding a teaspoon to a Bloody Mary, I know it sounds cheesy, but a little extra tomato juice and a spicy kick and some chips is all you need to get through a long day of cramps.

1⁄2 lb. cored tomatoes
2 habanero chiles
1 tsp. salt
5 clove garlic, smashed
2 tbsp. olive oil, lime juice
1⁄2 small red onion, minced

Heat oven to 450° Place tomatoes and peppers on a baking sheet roast habaneros for about 10 minutes and transfer to a blender. Continue roasting tomatoes until blackened and cooked through, let tomatoes cool before peeling skin and blending along with salt and garlic and lime juice puree until smooth. Heat oil in a saucepan on medium heat add onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add puree, and bring to a simmer, cook, uncovered for 10 minutes. Let cool before serving.