Cramps, bloating, fatigue, full-on bleeding–menstruators cannot catch a break. If there’s anything worse than getting your period, it’s probably getting your period whilst competing IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING COMPETITION. Trying to outswim Olympic athletes while going through that monthly hell? That’s just straight-up heroic.
So let’s raise a glass to everybody’s favorite Olympian, the hilariously expressive swimmer who managed to medal in the backstroke even while in the throes of PMS–and for not being afraid to talk about it! The swimmer spoke up about her period pains in a post-race interview, when a reporter observed that she looked like she had a stomachache. Fu and her team had just placed fourth in the 4 x 100 m medley relay, but now–per NY Times, Fu was “crouched” and “grimacing.”
“It’s because I just got my period yesterday, so I’m still a bit weak and really tired,” she told the reporter. “But this isn’t an excuse for not swimming well.”
Fu’s honesty touched on a subject rarely discussed in women’s sports, but also broke a big taboo in Chinese culture–where periods are typically only referenced through euphemism, and commercials for feminine hygiene products are barred from primetime.
So Fu’s not only a badass athlete, but now a groundbreaking taboo assassin! Not that we’re surprised–homegirl never held back. Check out this compilation of some of her best Olympic reactions:
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Source: New York Times