I think it”s a toss-up as to which word makes people (mainly men) more uncomfortable: period or feminism. They both seem to make people think of bloodshed, man-hating, and anger, but in reality, neither are all that shocking. One is a biological process, and one is the idea that all people are equal regardless of gender.
Elone from Karsruhe, Germany, decided to take these hot-button issues to the street using a bold medium: a menstrual pad.
Elone uses the pads to relay messages about women and the issues they face. She sets up the cultural taboo of menstruation, which is seen as embarrassing and gross, against the very real threat of sexual violence faced by women the world over. Such violence is often written off or considered “normal.”
So far, Elone”s images of the public messages were shared over social media thousands of times. Elone decided to stick up her messages on March 8, International Women”s Day, and hopes they”ll help in combating sexism, victim-blaming, and rape culture.
Naturally, Elone”s project received its fair share of criticism. Basically, if you bring up feminism on the Internet, men come out of the woodwork to express how oppressed they feel at the concept of considering women equals, but that”s nothing new. Elone maintains that her project, like feminism itself, is about spreading a message of equality, and not about hating men.
The project has also gained a significant following, though, and their simple text and clear messages remind us that all humans deserve respect, dignity, and personhood. You can see more of Elone”s work on her Tumblr and Instagram. Be sure to remember this simple but oft-forgot rule: women are people. Period.