It’s that time again! That time of year when our conversations turn to debates about the legitimacy of Valentine’s Day. Is it worth celebrating? Is it just a faux holiday created by greeting card companies? Do we really need an excuse to eat an entire chocolate cake?
My responses are “meh,” “meh,” and “JUST LIVE YOUR LIFE PEOPLE.” And to that end I present to you my favourite way to celebrate Valentine’s. I want everyone to love one another in the best, fun, consensual ways possible! So, here for your printing pleasure are Feminist Valentines, just for you from yours truly.
I hope you enjoy sharing these as much as I enjoyed making them. Spread the love and spread the feminism loudly, lovingly, and with abandon.
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!