Menstrual Art

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Menstrual Art

Jobthingy Jobthingy
Yes that is what I said. I was on twitter yesterday and read about menstrual art. Tonight as I was sitting here, I decided to google it to see if it is really what I thought it was.

Sure enough it is. Women collect their blood via Diva cup and then actually make paintings out of it.

Now this is a google search link. There are blogs and articles and all kinds of stuff on this.

My question is, have you ever heard of this? would you do this? Do you, like me see this as being some health hazard one would hang on their wall?

Thoughts?
01/20/2011
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Emma (Girl With Fire) Emma (Girl With Fire)
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Originally posted by Jobthingy
Yes that is what I said. I was on twitter yesterday and read about menstrual art. Tonight as I was sitting here, I decided to google it to see if it is really what I thought it was.

Sure enough it is. Women collect their blood via Diva cup ...
I have heard of it, there is a woman who actually just squats over her canvasses and bleeds directly onto them, I think she must have a birthing stool or something because otherwise her legs would give out. But EW.
01/20/2011
Jobthingy Jobthingy
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Originally posted by Emma (Girl With Fire)
I have heard of it, there is a woman who actually just squats over her canvasses and bleeds directly onto them, I think she must have a birthing stool or something because otherwise her legs would give out. But EW.
Uh. ACK! See the stuff I saw in images was actually quite nice. I would never hang it cause of that whole fact that it is menstrual blood but its not just squat and drip
01/20/2011
Emma (Girl With Fire) Emma (Girl With Fire)
Oh, I read it in SexIs. Haha, who woulda thunk it? SexIs Menstrual art
01/20/2011
Viktor Vysheslav Malkin Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
Yeah I read about it on SexIs. I personally am a little freaked out by it, and don't look at it. I suppose though that someone loves it... just not me.
01/20/2011
Waterfall Waterfall
Not sure how I feel about this. Although others might,I don't think I would ever try anything like this, nor do I think I would want to hang this up in my apartment.
01/20/2011
Illusional Illusional
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Originally posted by Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
Yeah I read about it on SexIs. I personally am a little freaked out by it, and don't look at it. I suppose though that someone loves it... just not me.
Yeah, it personally isn't for me but yeah.
01/20/2011
Gallowraven Gallowraven
it is strange, but whatever floats your boat....I guess. I personally wouldn't do this, buy this or hang it on the wall, but some of it is very pretty. I think I will stick to looking at through the safety of my web browser.
01/20/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
Actually some of those pieces are gorgeous. I don't think I would ever do it myself (even outside of already lacking that particular artistic ability) but I definitely appreciate it.

I think it seems weird on the outside but in a society that tells women to be ashamed and secretive about what their bodies naturally do every month, this is a way to express joy, pride, and creativity surrounding it instead of all that negative ju-ju. It's strange, but it's a method of changing people's attitudes about periods. We don't have to whisper about it anymore. We don't have to hide our tampons and pads, we don't have to lock ourselves away for a week every month, etc.

Hehehe, ok, enough of my feminist babbling.
01/20/2011
Emma (Girl With Fire) Emma (Girl With Fire)
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Originally posted by Darling Jen
Actually some of those pieces are gorgeous. I don't think I would ever do it myself (even outside of already lacking that particular artistic ability) but I definitely appreciate it.

I think it seems weird on the outside but in a society ...
I lock myself away anyways, I do not WANT to see people. Nor should I.
01/20/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
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Originally posted by Emma (Girl With Fire)
I lock myself away anyways, I do not WANT to see people. Nor should I.
Hehehehe that's a different case entirely. Self-imposed is all right. Especially if it's with chocolate!
01/20/2011
BadassFatass BadassFatass
I'm kind of phobic about germs and such...so the thought just grosses me out. I appreciate the expression I guess but just...ew.
01/20/2011
Morganna Morganna
I hadn't heard of it until now. I don't think it would be my bag but I'm big on expression. I think as long as people are expressing themselves (and not hurting anyone or anyTHING in the process), it's all good.
01/20/2011
lamira lamira
I've seen it before and it's kind of gross.
01/20/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
I don't think there'd really be germs or anything to worry about, honestly. I'm sure after painting they have to seal it with an acrylic or something to keep it from discoloring or coagulating. Besides, unless you have an disease or something transmitted by blood, saliva has more bacteria than menstrual endometrium.
01/21/2011
Jobthingy Jobthingy
So I just saw the sexis link and that art is completely different from what I saw in images. Like this for example. Seems this woman has donated proceeds from these paintings to The Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research.

I mean. To each his own. I personally would not have that in my house. I find it fascinating that so many people do this though.
01/21/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
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Originally posted by Jobthingy
So I just saw the sexis link and that art is completely different from what I saw in images. Like this for example. Seems this woman has donated proceeds from these paintings to The Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research.

I mean. ...
Wooow that one is gorgeous. I wish I had the artistic ability to paint, preferably with actual paint. And it's awesome that the proceeds go to research. I guess there are people out there buying them.
01/21/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I don't think I'd have a problem with it. Especially if it was sealed. It's a neat concept. Has anybody seen the artwork of the guy who throws up on his canvases?
01/21/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I don't think I'd have a problem with it. Especially if it was sealed. It's a neat concept. Has anybody seen the artwork of the guy who throws up on his canvases?
O.O I have not. But vomit makes me want to vomit and I'm not sure I could stand that for reflex-physiological reasons.
01/21/2011
PussyGalore PussyGalore
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Originally posted by Jobthingy
Yes that is what I said. I was on twitter yesterday and read about menstrual art. Tonight as I was sitting here, I decided to google it to see if it is really what I thought it was.

Sure enough it is. Women collect their blood via Diva cup ...
Sick and wrong, I tell ya. *shudder*
01/21/2011
PussyGalore PussyGalore
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Originally posted by Darling Jen
Actually some of those pieces are gorgeous. I don't think I would ever do it myself (even outside of already lacking that particular artistic ability) but I definitely appreciate it.

I think it seems weird on the outside but in a society ...
I always thought the reason women were "locked away" for a week was because of the lack of adequate supplies and it was easier to keep everything in one place instead of trouncing about the place mucking it up with *ahem* drips.
01/21/2011
mama2007 mama2007
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Originally posted by Jobthingy
Yes that is what I said. I was on twitter yesterday and read about menstrual art. Tonight as I was sitting here, I decided to google it to see if it is really what I thought it was.

Sure enough it is. Women collect their blood via Diva cup ...
ewww
01/21/2011
Emma (Girl With Fire) Emma (Girl With Fire)
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Originally posted by Darling Jen
Hehehehe that's a different case entirely. Self-imposed is all right. Especially if it's with chocolate!
Oh you had better believe I stock the cupboards with it the whole week before, and if I don't I end up going through an entire container of cocoa from baking stuff.
01/21/2011
Danielle1220 Danielle1220
OMG Yuck!
01/21/2011
Illusional Illusional
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Originally posted by Jobthingy
So I just saw the sexis link and that art is completely different from what I saw in images. Like this for example. Seems this woman has donated proceeds from these paintings to The Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research.

I mean. ...
That one is lovely
01/21/2011
Jobthingy Jobthingy
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Originally posted by Illusional
That one is lovely
Crazy eh. I mean, I wish I could paint something like that.. but also with real paint like DJ

@Sam - ugh. no. I couldnt. I actually got queasy reading that.
01/21/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Jobthingy
Crazy eh. I mean, I wish I could paint something like that.. but also with real paint like DJ

@Sam - ugh. no. I couldnt. I actually got queasy reading that.
This guy popped up on some special I was watching, and it was actually pretty neat. I mean if hearing about stuff like that doesn't make you queasy and all. I won't go into details, but I might be able to find a link somewhere that other people can click on if they so chose.
01/21/2011
Kim! Kim!
I wish I hadn't stumbled upon it years ago.
And no, I wouldn't ever do this.
And yes, I do find it to be a bit of a hazard if you're bringing someone else's art into your home.
01/21/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
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Originally posted by PussyGalore
I always thought the reason women were "locked away" for a week was because of the lack of adequate supplies and it was easier to keep everything in one place instead of trouncing about the place mucking it up with *ahem* drips.
Hehehe heavens no. That sounds like misogynist rationalism. "I swear there's a practical reason you're not equal and what your body does is gross/wrong."

Actually, on average a woman only menstruates about 2.3 tablespoons of "blood" every period (or 35 mL), though it does usually feel like much more to us.

Besides, traditionally women used to be locked away from the world during their period because they were thought to be impure, weak, and open to sin, which were risks to attracting "devils or demons". *eyeroll*
01/21/2011
Kindred Kindred
As with all art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think some of the pieces are quite nice. However, I personally don't care for the medium these women chose to work with.
01/21/2011
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