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A SUGGESTIVE grapefruit has fallen foul of Facebook’s censors.

An advert for Lucy Peach’s Fringe show My Greatest Period Ever featured a picture of a grapefruit which resembled a vulva, prompting the social media titan to remove it and deactivate the folk musician’s ad account.

Her show urges people to be empowered by periods and not be ashamed of them.

• Fringe performer Lucy Peach

Deactivated

While Facebook didn’t specify why the ad had breached its guidelines, Ms Peach believes it is down to the tongue-in-cheek image of the halved grapefruit.

Ms Peach says all communications with FB over the banned ad were via automated-style messages : “It’s really hard because you don’t speak to a real person,” she says.

Banning the ad sent a negative message “there is something wrong with your body, the way that you’ve been made”.

“With this new show we’re trying to empower girls and the next generation…I’m just really conscious of the fact that for many girls they’re not going to hear positive things about the menstrual cycle.

“But when you consider it has such an impact on who you are as a person and how you go about your life, it’s something that you can harness, not something you have to cope with.”

My Greatest Period Ever returns after a successful run at last year’s Fringe Festival, and Peach is also running a new companion piece How to Period Like a Unicorn, aimed at younger audiences.

She had planned to advertise on Instagram (which is favoured by younger people over Facebook), but because the company bought Instagram in 2012, her ad account is deactivated on both. She can’t even advertise her non-period related folk music shows.

• The ad Facebook found was just too seedy.

How to Period Like a Unicorn is aimed at people around 10-14, but the age limit’s mutable as some start their period early or are ready to hear about it younger, but due to festival rules they need a parent or guardian to come along.

The show’s description reads: “If you are a parent, I promise: your child is safe with us. Knowledge is power and it isn’t a long bow to assume that this awareness could enable girls to love and care for themselves and in turn, expect that others will too.”

Ms Peach’s husband and co-performer Richard Berney says everyone can benefit from learning about periods, saying the show is “steeped in science…it’s about the combination of hormones that hit a woman over 28 days.”

Ms Peach says “people think your menstrual cycle is ‘you either have your period or you don’t have it’. If you’re lucky some people will know that you ovulate. But within the month you have four hormonal phases,” and she gets the most done during the “power week” in the lead-up to ovulation.

Mr Berney says “Lucy herself schedules all this [work] stuff in her dynamic week. It’s a week where you’re kicking arse.”

Ms Peach says “a lot of people will come to the show as an older person and say “I wish I had known this.

“If you don’t understand that you are meant to have four phases, then you put pressure on yourself to feel linear and the same all month long.”

Tickets are via fringeworld.com.au

by DAVID BELL

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