Chinese swimmer and internet celebrity Fu Yuanhui revealed that she competed during her period. The athlete was upset by her unsuccessful performance at a distance of 400 meters on Sunday, and in an interview she said that the swim fell on the second day of the cycle - which, according to the Chinese woman, is no excuse, despite the pain in her stomach.
According to Quartz, the video from Yuanhui's interview went viral on the Chinese social network Weibo: users thank the athlete for openly talking about a taboo topic that is rarely raised in the context of big-time sports.
Apparently, thanks to the performance of the athlete, many Chinese and residents of other countries first realized that during menstruation it is possible to swim (and generally move). Moreover, menstruation and PMS do not prevent athletes from participating in competitions and winning - a few days ago, Fu Yuanhui won a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke. Many commentators (both men and women) were surprised that no blood was visible in the pool: since the cult of virginity is preserved in China, there is almost never a talk about tampons in public space - it is believed that this hygiene product can damage the hymen and deprive a girl virginity, which the Chinese regard as a shame. Fans of Yuanhui, who has several million followers on Weibo, hope that the athlete will help people learn more about menstruation and get rid of stereotypes about female physiology.
20-year-old Yuanhui has become the darling of the entire Internet for her funny reactions to journalists' questions during interviews, her spontaneity and rich facial expressions. Inspired by the athlete's emoji-like facial expressions, social media users have already created many memes and simply beautiful pictures of Yuanhui.