Patricia Navidad calls out menstrual shaming

What a BAMF.

Mexican singer Patricia Navidad, like a lot of people, menstruates. And, like many of those people, she uses pads. Unlike most people, she’s super famous, so when she has a menstrual gear malfunction while dancing, a ton of people see (celebrities — they are not just like us). This week, while performing on Univision’s “Dispierta America,” Navidad’s pad slipped out while she was grooving and the cameras were rolling.

And, as Veró wrote on our Feministing email thread, “she just kept going LIKE A MOTHERFUCKING G.”

Predictably, the online response was super gross. Yesterday, TMZ wrote that Navidad was “instantly unsanitary when her feminine pad fell out during her live TV performance,” as though it’s just a thin strip of cotton and plastic that keeps menstruating people from being irredeemably contaminated by their own bodies. Twitter spewed the same kind of garbage.

Navidad, that MOTHERFUCKING G, was having none of it. Here are her tweets in response to misogynist twitter critics:

Mashable offered a handy translation:

1. What a shame that there are men who forget they are here because of a woman and are offensive and vulgar toward women!!!

2. They say a man who treats a women like a princess was brought up by a queen, but what about those who offend women, who were they brought up by??

3. And if you were what you said, it is not even embarrassing, nor something to be ashamed about but when judged, . . . you forget that you’re not who you say you are!!

Get it together, internet. As Feministing community member Radhika put it last month, “your misogyny is leaking.”


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Alexandra Brodsky was a senior editor at During her four years at the site, she wrote about gender violence, reproductive justice, and education equity and ran the site's book review column. She is now a Skadden Fellow at the National Women's Law Center and also serves as the Board Chair of Know Your IX, a national student-led movement to end gender violence, which she co-founded and previously co-directed. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she is the co-editor of The Feminist Utopia Project: 57 Visions of a Wildly Better Future. She has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice at campuses across the country and on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, ESPN, and NPR.

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