Laird Hamilton: Feminist ally

Laird Hamilton, post-feminist, period scientist and shark behaviour expert, appears to have a really great understanding of how menstruation works, what it's like, and how women manage their flow while surfing. He also makes a compelling argument for why women should be kicked out of lineups (at least once a month, but I'm guessing he'd prefer more often) - they attract sharks.

'The biggest, most common reason to be bitten is a woman with her period. Which people don't, you know, they don't even think about that. Uh, obviously if a woman has her period then there's a certain amount of blood in the water. So, but...'

Laird, mate, if I was bleeding that badly, that I was leaking through all and any of the period products I was using and thus onto my clothes and swimmers, I would likely be in a bunch of pain and thus home in bed. Honestly.

The community members of the wonderful Surf Feminism Facebook page* (where I found the original Mpora link to this video) had some more great links to share on the topic of periods, surfing and sharks.

Mother Jones: Do menstruating women attract sharks?

Cooler: Is it dangerous to go surfing on your period?

*FYI, it's a closed group, so shitty people can be ejected. Yay!


  1. Jesus. This is honestly funny. I mean, the video... the video is funny. Laugh out loud funny. It's like a saturday night live skit or something. Not to make nothing out of something... I mean, it's ridiculous and potentially harmful that such cliche'd machismo bullshit gets promulgated... but this video honestly cracks me up.

  2. It's totally, 100%, laugh out loud funny. Sexist and moronic, but hilarious as hell.


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