Naturist sparks furious backlash after posting picture of herself covered in 'menstrual blood'
It's a fact that sometimes people on social media overshare things. I'm sure it's something that we've all experienced at one time or another.
For the Instagram followers of Swedish naturist Maxinne Bjork, this moment might have come when she made the controversial decision to upload a nude selfie, in which she'd smeared herself in her own menstrual blood. When her 44,000 followers saw the image, it provoked a strong reaction and left viewers polarised. Some praised her decision as being brave and body-positive, while others labelled her disgusting, crazy, or a combination of both.
Bjork captioned the picture: "Today after a very productive and super fun day, I just came home all emotional with lots on my minds that I just pushed a side cause I didn't have space to deal with it in the moment. I sat down and did some deep breathing, and all of a sudden felt a strong urge to cover myself in my life-giving fluids as a woman. So without really thinking of why or anything else, I just did."
She added: "Smudged it out all over my body and then rolled around naked on the grass in my garden all covered in my menstrual blood. Smelled the earth and started crying intensely. Both from happiness and sadness. After some crying I started laughing instead. I’m so happy to have my mum in my life, we both help each other to get through some rollercoasters. The family situation we are in right now is just very draining. But that's life. And exactly how it is supposed to be in this moment. Accept and love ❤ [sic]"
In a follow-up post made the very next day, Bjork wrote: "So interesting how people can't accept that we all are different and have different views about life. Im not telling people to think like me, but with my actions I want to express to people to listen to their hearts, and do what feels right for them even though it doesn't fit the norm."
She added: "That's why I even use social media, I want to spread how I live, so people can be inspired to dare to live how they want to live. I'm not trying to change any one ☺️? be you! And bad comments that I'm mentally sick doesn't really affect me. Maybe I am? But oh my, how great it feels to be mentally disturbed then ? I love my life!"
So is Bjork in the right here? Or has she taken things too far? I guess it all depends on what you can stomach.