I spend a fair amount of time on the internet reading and researching menstruation information to bring to Dot Girl readers. It seems lately that the discussion of menstruation and periods is landing in the main stream news more often. This is a good thing as menstruation should not be a taboo subject and the more information girls have the better. The topic of menstruation is also being used in art pieces and clothing and today I bring you two examples that I recently discovered.
This period t-shirt to be found at American Apparel is probably not going to end up on my shopping list. The Canadian artist Petra Collins created an artistic drawing of the crotch of a woman who is both menstruating and masturbating. Not for the faint of heart and already creating much buzz – both pro and con. While I agree that women’s sexuality should not be a hidden subject and neither should menstruation, I’m not sure this is the best way to open the discussion. I have yet to see anyone wearing this t-shirt. Please let me know if you do.
This art installation by Chilean Artist Carina Ubeda is comprised of five years of her own menstrual blood. The imprints vary on the pieces of cloth and are each embroidered with words like “destroyed” and “production.” Reactions have raved from disgusted to interested. As one female viewer noted “male blood is celebrated for being brave while ours is a shame.”
I agree with the female viewer’s comment that menstruation blood should not be viewed as shameful. After all, over half of the world’s population experiences this monthly event. Treating it as a normal everyday topic is the right step.
Have you seen other examples of menstruation artwork? Please share in the comments below.