Painting with female menstrual blood: Feminist empowerment or nonsense?

I was nonplussed to discover that female artists creating artwork with their menstrual blood was a thing, a buzzfeed video brought it to my attention. A rationale being is that it is intended to break-down taboos regarding female menstruation/periods, a female, feminist artist said she conceived the idea after Trump made derogatory comments about women "you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever".

With this in mind do you think this is a legitimate art form breaking down taboos and further solidifying gender equality with artistic merit for good measure or is it feminist, liberal nonsense?

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Painting with female menstrual blood: Feminist empowerment or nonsense?

Painting with female menstrual blood: Feminist empowerment or nonsense?












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  • Buzzfeed... I remember reading some crazy things on websites like that. Either way, I can’t tell you how grossed out I am by this. It’s fucking blood... and they’re using it as paint? Must smell nice in these art rooms... might attract a vampire or two

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  • "Breaking down taboos"... no, lol. This is how you solidify those taboos.

    I didn't realize menstruation was much of a taboo topic in the first place, but if anything, this is adding a weirdness factor to it. If I, as a girl, find this weird and off-putting, I can only imagine what men must think of it.

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  • I'm not going to be able to eat again for a week.
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  • People would lose their shit if men tried to paint with sperm. It's not empowering, it's mental. You can't just force someone to be okay with something by shoving in their face!

    Besides, it's not like men have it any easier. Awkward hard on in public, waking up thinking they've pissed the bed; everyone has an award puberty, everyone has awkward issues with their sex organs. We get menopause, they get impotency.

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  • I don't even like having to take my pad off, I don't know how those girls do it. I find totally disgusting.

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  • Complete nonsense and what I would call insane behavior. Out of all the ways to get an idea across, is this the only one? Of course not. Feminists picked an absurd, disgusting and ungracious way of stating their opinion about what they believe.

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  • I think the trump one was more a protest than anything else. Generally I think it's kinda gross. Menstrual blood is natural and a part of life, but I still don't wanna see it smeared on things. Also applies to vomit, poo, urine and all other body fluids.

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  • I mean I don't really care, it's kind of boring and overdone if you ask me. Artists using their bodily fluids are nothing new, Piero Manzoni shitted into a tin and called it art, during his life Kurt Cobain was doing really similar stuff, he was pissing and shitting on canvases. It's all about an extension of the artist's vision. I actually think it's actually more interesting since blood has such a vibrant colour.

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  • That's disgusting. I honestly don't care what point the artist was trying to make. All I can think of is someone on their period wiping themselves and then smearing it on to a canvas. That's nasty. Would you do that with shit? Ya know what, don't answer that lmao. It's gross and something that I would expect a young child to do when they have a shitty diaper. Not grown ass women having their menstrual.

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  • It's just gross and stupid, they definitely wouldn't be able to handle going into room with a black light on that shows men used their jizz as art paintings everywhere. Or their crap for that matter...

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    • And nobody says periods are bad, having a menstrual cycle is not a bad thing. However most people want to stay away from blood cause blood is the easiest way to contract unknown pathogens that could make us sick or worse, kill us.

  • But... why?

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  • Nonsense... I mean I'm all for woman empowerment... but please... this has gone a bit too far...
    I can see it being a part of some artist's point of view or a symbol of struggles of womanhood... but it being a trend is just nonsense...

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  • To me, this just nonsense. I don't think period is a taboo, because everyone talks about it, even men.
    They're just doing something that doesn't need to be done. And I doubt that that's really their menstrual blood.
    Not to mention that it's disgusting.

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  • I only have a few words to say
    It's Nonsense/Disgusting/Creepy
    Oh, and by the way You'll probably get sick doing it.
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  • Excuse me for saying this but isn't her period blood , you know HER BLOOD... for goodness sake this is wrong on so many levels. Stop this woman because this is not female empowerment, this is plain idiocy.

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  • I think it's stupid, and I'm a feminist and an artist. I'm all for weird art, but this DOES NOTHING for feminism. I agree that periods do need to be more normalized, because I shouldn't feel like I'm gross for having something completely natural. Especially when all women experience it. I think if it was just regular blood I wouldn't even care, it's that they're trying to pass it off as feminist shit, like please, this is the shit that makes the movement look so stupid. I understand why they were going for but period blood is still WASTE. It's like urine and feces, DONT PLAY WITH IT.

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  • Ugh whut? No that’s fucking retarded. It’s a sign of some sort of mental illness. They’d be better off if they just ate a box of borax. That’s the extent of thoughtfulness this deserves.

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  • Stupid feminists I HATE FEMINISITS. Gross and disgusting

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  • gross. But people need to stop degrading girls about their periods. Some guys are just fucking dicks about it👍🏽

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  • No. Fuck no.
    Why do we need to do this? Seriously, we get it. Women have periods, men don’t and it’s a big hassle blah blah blah just get on with it!! No one needs to see that. Just like no one needed to see knitting from a vagina while she was on her period, and sleeping with no sanitary product.

    Pooping is natural too, that doesn’t mean people want to see a smeared canvas just like no one wants to see this

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  • I get that this ‘artwork’ aims to celebrate how natural & normal periods are. But human shit is also a natural and normal bodily fluid and we don’t see buzzfeed employees drawing pictures with that do we? I don’t think periods are something that need to be cherished and celebrated. Why can’t these women just stick a tampon up there and get on with life?

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  • I find it really gross. There is nothing wrong with being on your period but you don’t have to show it to the world. Guys don’t go around painting with their shit because “it’s human and you shouldn’t be ashamed of it”. It’s just wrong

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    • I do agree that’s it’s gross and not really something to flaunt.

  • I just puked. Gross. nothing is empowering femininity here but overpowering smelly nasty bodily fluids!

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  • That’s pretty gross.

    Though it’s no more gross than the dude who painted with his semen and blood.

    What’s wrong with paint, people?

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  • Is men painting with semen male empowerment?

    Those pieces must smell like bloody tuna

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  • That is actually really fucking gross. It has nothing to do with them being females or having periods, it’s just the fact that it’s blood that is gross. Painting with blood is simply repulsive.

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  • OK, I thought my Internet was quite normal today, I was proved wrong. Now, this is why we get all the hate and why I had to stop identifying as feminist.
    I get it, they are "trying to make people think" but really? Making a "statement" by "shocking" the public is plain stupid, and makes all the conversations more difficult.
    I do believe that there must be a better way to instill awareness in the general public.

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  • its modern art
    but its creepy indeed when somebody send you letter written with menstual blood and blood in general... ask kpop bands:0

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  • Ah reminds me of spirit cooking lol.
    They´re feminists so what could I else except?

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  • I don't think it's feminist empowerment. I don't think it's disgusting either, I'm pretty neutral to it. Painting with blood empowers no one. If you want to paint with your blood as a different medium for your own artistic expression, cool, do it, it's interesting. Calling it empowerment seems kinda silly to me since it doesn't really do anything to help anyone (unless you're selling these and raising funds for things like women forced into sex work or women forced to be mutilated or anything like that, then I guess I understand it), and 99% of people are just gonna think it's weird.

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  • It’s nonsense, disgusting and uncivilized.

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  • should I post a video about semen? Hey I made art with my semen. I would feel so empowered bringing attention to people that men produce this thing called semen, that nobody else knows about, but me.

    Truth is: if they feel unempowered because they have periods, it is because of them. ok, I understand that you get mood swings, maybe that's the point where you think "fuck it, all these people looking at me, they know I'm on my period, so I'm going to make a scene and tell them to get off my back because I'm on my period". Which in fact would have the reverse effect of bringing unwanted attention to your period.

    I honestly don't know of a dude that mocked girls because of their period blood.
    By the contrary some dudes have a fetish with fucking the girl when she's on her period. (don't look at me, I heard it being said... multiple times).

    Plus let's not forget the boyfriends that feel the need to get all protective and cuddly and shit when their girl goes through the cramps. Bringing the hot bottle of water, the fluffy blanket, bringing them ice-cream.

    so to me all this is simply noise and attention craving. Plus it was a video posted on youtube and we know how youtube works (views = money).
    what's "hip" these days and society supports unconditionally because otherwise you are misogynistic, sexist, animal? feminism.
    Ok, these girls got it and made a video about a subject that would trigger feminists to watch it and subsequently made money.

    If they actually do believe they were empowered by painting with their blood, they should get checked.

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  • This is disgusting, but post-modern art, in general, is beyond terrible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNI07egoefchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRWJcrRO0GM&has_verified=1https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOYfwdNbaGQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZakTB9uiyU

    The problem lies in making art all about "communication" rather than about communication AND technique/education, or vice versa. Avant-garde art without any sort of skill does not make the art exceptional even though it is treated as such, and neither does highly technical art with no originality.

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  • Just more SJW nonsense.

    A derogatory comment associated with a menstural cycle does not equate to smearing that blood as a sign of empowerment.

    Just as stigmas around HIV/AIDS does not mean a person smearing their infected blood for artwork = empowerment.

    I can imagine no rational, intelligent human being wanting a piece of this "art".

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  • Uhmmm... I won't say it's "nonsense" because art is always controversial but it's definitely weird. I mean, it's not something I'd go and see at a museum. It's a little too "out there" for my taste.
    That said, I have to admit their painting skills are actually not too bad and the girl on the left is a cutie (which, I know, is completely out of context).

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  • I'll put it this way - most modern art where they have just a few brush strokes of colour on the paper is not art. This, however disgusting it may be, technically is art. Though not art that I can enjoy.

    For me, art is something that involves effort and time that has to be more than just a few minutes.

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  • Anything is art really. And to each his, or in this case her, own. I personally find it it nonsense. There is nothing feminist about it. Feminism is about equality, painting with menstrual blood is not gonna achieve that. All it achieves is that it encourages the feminazis who for some reason think they are better than men. A menstrual cycle is natural, and it should not mean women are lesser than men. But its still blood. I dont want your menstrual blood in my house. Just as i dont want some guy to bleed on a piece of paper, call that meninist art and ask me to hang it on my wall. I am a feminist myself. I find it ridiculous that men and women dont have equal rights already in the current western civilazation, there are no grounds whatsoever for it except a sexist history.
    I just dont see what she hopes to achieve. The audience she claims it to be meant for (trump and his sexist supporters) aren't going to change anything except maybe scream louder how women bleed out of their vagina. People who strive for true equality are just gonna think it is weird and/or disgusting. And people who are going to think this is a good thing are most likely pro women empowerment, who are the ones who should not be encouraged. Because as i said. Feminism is about equality, not women empowerment. Women do not need to be brought higher in society, men need to realize they are already at the same level.

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  • www.court-records.net/.../bratworth-shrug(e).gif

    I personally think it's cool. And I love the artwork. If periods are painful, might as well have fun while it's happening.

    10/10

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  • i'm not sure about empowerment, but i'm not sold on its merits as an art medium.

    it's no more creative than using blood, urine, shit, vomit, cum, spit, sweat to paint with.

    i think the idea rather than the act is "empowering". painting with menstral blood "spits in the face of the society that shames women for this natural process".

    don't care. a girls period is as natural as my bowel actions. i see no reason to smear it on canvas to show you aren't ashamed of it.

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  • I can just imagine a scenario at an exhibition:
    Artist: ... and this piece I painted with menstrual blood...
    Art lover: Wow, that's a large piece... how did you manage with your menstrual blood?
    Artist: Oh, it's not my blood.
    Art lover: Eeeewwwwwww!

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  • Well, I don't think it's actually got anything to do with a cause, it's just done to get people talking and viewing (which in itself is kinda smart). Controversial reactions are better than no reactions at all.

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  • Omg, so nasty. It's not empowering, it is just idiots trying to get attention while also get the point across of "menstrual blood comes from us, and is natural. Therefore it is not disgusting."

    Well sorry to break their bubble but feces and urine is also natural, and people who play with it are people you usually, avoid on the bus.

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  • Aw that's fucking gross dude. What's going on with feminist circles while i'm not watching? Its like, I guess the art doesn't Look that bad as an image of something but you could probably elaborately make something white diahrea too & it would be gross as fuck as well. This doesn't make any sense at all.

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  • These aren't mere women's rights advocates. These are disgusting loony toons. If I painted a picture of Obama with pus and drainage from an infected man's underarm, whom does that empower? It instead shows bondage to sickness!

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  • An attempt to shock us and sell their art. It's all been done before to be honest. It's not new and it's not daring and it kind of looks like something that was done in a nursery. I'm sure artist has painted and sculpted thrir own shit is that art or is a load of crap?
    Hard to believe these women went to art school, money well spent.

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  • I think it's really gross. Not specifically because it's menstrual blood, but because it's a bodily fluid. I'd be disgusted by any painting created using blood, feces, urine etc (and there are actually a lot of them out there, in the edgy world of avant-garde art).

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  • So, who actually watched the video? And for those that had such strong negative reactions initially, did it change your view at all?

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  • I thought only devil worshipers painted with blood not feminists? And that’s old blood with the shedding of the uterus lining in it also, may as well be painted in poop. This is a strange way to show support of feminism

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  • Disgusting and all feminists are annoying they should go live in the middle east and be essentially slaves if they wanna see real inequality and shut up

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  • There's a reason taboo things are taboo.
    Personally, I think that if your body is trying to get rid of something, there maybe a reason.

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  • doesn't seem empowering. i've heard of other artists using their blood to paint. just seems like a method of creating some artwork

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  • It is as legitimate as painting with vomit or feces.

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  • This has nothing to do with equality and everything to do with vulgarity.
    These women just want attention.

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  • Just look at those beautiful works of art. The Michaelangelo of Menstruation is empowering women around the world.

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  • "Nonsense"? That's fuck disgusting and extremely unhygienic. It's not even safe to touch the dried paintings. They could still have blood born pathogens. Holy fuck. Kill it with fire.

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  • Oh God...

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  • That is a bit too much for me. It is natural but no one really needs that. We don't paint with fecal matter or urine, why should they with menstrual blood?

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  • I've never been much of a lover of art and this certainly doesn't change that. I think it's just distasteful, to be honest.

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  • Uhhhh it looks cool, but this is gross in my opinion. You don't see dudes making portraits of out of semen do you lol.

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  • No, that's moronically stupid and horrible from a health perspective. First and foremost I don't know exactly what trumps comment was but I can guarantee you that it wasn't derogatory or based upon a taboo about menstration because quite frankly if he couldn't handle that he wouldn't have been married as many times as he was. Secondly, their is no taboo about it at all, in any way shape or form so its not even doing what it claims to be doing. Three, its unhygienic and increases the risk of exposure to disease. It would be equivalent of me smearing feces on a canvas to end the taboo around defectating, its a moronic premise and horribly unhealthy.

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