I got a chance to experience Kiran’s point of view when I attended a talk she had through the Campus Feminists last month. Kiran walked in the room, confident and with bleached blonde hair that she pointed out made her sisters when I complimented her on it (because my hair has also gone through that…um…interesting experience). She told her story and answered questions from the group with eloquence and thoughtfulness. She described how she came to feminism and activism, how she did not plan to spark her viral conversation with her free-bleeding but how she saw the response as indication of a deeper problem and wanted to work to fix it. She talked about how when men and women support each other, it is epic and she even described the ideal tampon and pad commercial (an audience question). When she didn’t know something, she told us, and she asked us our opinions.
When her talk finished, she gave us her email and I had the pleasure of asking her a few questions for this article. Thinking that she would send back written sentence or two, if she responded at all, I was honestly floored when she sent me a five-minute audio-recording, answering my questions in-depth.