Three British girls from Berkshire have fallen for a 4chan hoax after “free-bleeding” outside of Parliament on Friday to protest the so-called “tampon tax.”
22-year-old Charlie Edge and two friends wore white trousers, held signs of protest, and displayed visible blood stains on their crotches while free-bleeding after spending three hours protesting that female hygiene products are subject to VAT. The “tampon tax” has drawn the ire of feminists.
What Edge and her fellow mischief-makers probably don’t know, however, is that “free-bleeding” is a hoax cooked up by users of image board 4chan in early 2014 to convince batty feminists that feminine hygiene products were a form of patriarchal oppression.
The Tampon is a MALE invention designed to OPPRESS women into RAPING themselves and spending their hard-earned money. #freebleeding
— Roaring_Womyn (@Roaring_Womyn) January 31, 2014
Stop OPPRESSION and SELF-RAPE.the tampon is nothing more than a PHALLUS that society FORCES us to PENETRATE our sacred vaginae. #feminism
— Jessica Marquez (@dontjudgeme3333) January 31, 2014
Dozens of feminists – news outlets – fell for the joke, with one woman, Kiran Gandhi, even running the London marathon while free-bleeding. The trick played on far-Left feminist activists shows no signs of evaporating.
In a post on her Facebook page, Edge wrote: “Maternity pads are taxed, but incontinence pads aren’t. We’ve had enough. Maybe bleeding on their doorstep will get the tories to do something about this?”
She added: “please share and spread this around. I wanna get on buzzfeed.”
The post currently has over 22,000 likes and 15,500 shares, including praise and support from her friends and family. The demonstration has indeed received substantial media coverage by news sites including Metro, The Huffington Post, and to Edge’s probable satisfaction, Buzzfeed.
But barely anyone has mentioned the fact that “free-bleeding” was invented to mock the excesses of the feminist movement. Or the fact that it’s, you know, totally gross.
It is not known how the three protesters managed to sync up their monthly movements for the protest; Edge did not respond to a request for comment.
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