A gym in the Eastern European county of Georgia is getting some flak on social media for its advisory pointed directly toward menstruating women.
"Dear ladies! Please do not go to the pool during periods," reads the sign at Vake Swimming and Fitness Club in Tbilisi.
One gymgoer spotted the post and made her disgust known to the club in a Facebook post. “Do you even realize how offensive this is?” Sophie Tabatadze wrote. “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?"
However, the gym said it's merely a recommendation since they've had incidents with blood in the pool. “We have had some incidents about this where, I’m sorry that I have to mention, I have found tampons on the surface of the pool,” an employee told BuzzFeed, adding that it's expensive to clean the water afterward.
“So it’s not about only using tampons, ladies can use tampons while swimming."
Here's the thing: There are always going to be incidents when you have a public pool — and the gross truth is that both kids and adults will pee, poop and vomit in the water. Pools are treated with chemicals to combat this and prevent them from becoming cesspools of illness and bodily fluids. There is nothing wrong with swimming on your period, as long as you're wearing a tampon or menstrual cup (pads don't work) — and Thinx now makes period-proof bikini bottoms.
Tabatadze hopes that her now-viral post will make the gym take it down.
“My goal is not to shame them for the sake of shaming,” she told BuzzFeed. “Overall misogyny is so widespread in this culture that sometimes companies/people make mistakes unconsciously. The real test is how they respond when they are exposed.”
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