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  • A Chinese swimmer is winning hearts by breaking taboos
  • A Chinese swimmer is winning hearts by breaking taboos
    Emily Freeman (2014) ©

A Chinese swimmer is winning hearts by breaking taboos

Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui had already won the hearts of Olympics viewers worldwide with her excitable celebrations and post-swim interviews. Then, by talking about swimming on her period, she won even more support in China where discussion of menstruation remains taboo.



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