There’s something cool happening in Halifax right now, guys. People are having a conversation about a topic that is generally avoided, a topic that’s unnecessarily stigmatized, a topic that is relevant to half the population. They’re talking about periods. And it’s happening in the most creative ways. One of my favourite alternative shops, Plan B Merchants Co-Op, is facilitating that conversation and they’re doing so in 2 amazing ways: 1) by hosting the Our Bodies Our Blood Art Show; and 2) by collecting donations to the Blood Fund – a fundraising effort to provide menstrual products to women who don’t have access to them (by financial need or circumstance).
If you’ve ever had a period, or know someone who has, then you know what a hassle it can be. For those who can’t afford or don’t have access to tampons, pads, or cups, the monthly event is that much worse. It was a no-brainer when I decided that I could bring a couple of boxes of tampons over to Plan B to help contribute to the fund. What I didn’t expect, though, was how honest and visceral and raw the art would be. It’s really incredible.
I could see some audiences being squeamish about some of the pieces on display. Is that just because we’re socialized to think of menstruation as icky? Perhaps. Perhaps. Perhaps.
I would say, though, that there are some more innocuous and even adorable pieces included in the show that can also be appreciated by the faint-of-heart.
For example, there’s this piece that represents the physical side effects of a woman’s period:
And, my personal favourite, this little flowering fabric vagina plant:If you find yourself in the area, I recommend checking out the show. If you can’t make it or don’t have any extra products to donate, I encourage you to toss a few dollars to their gofundme page http://www.gofundme.com/bloodfund
Best of luck and kudos to all involved in this unique project!