01/22/2015 10:34 am ET Updated Jan 22, 2015

Menstruation: The Last Great Sporting Taboo


Heather Watson went out of the Australian Open on Tuesday. Big deal, you might say: British tennis player disappoints in the first round. But what makes Watson’s performance surprising is that her poor performance was due to the misalignment of her menstrual cycle and the tour calendar. And she said so: “I think it’s just one of these things that I have, girl things.”

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