Friday 24 November 2017

Artist adds blood stains to Disney princesses' dresses to dispel menstrual taboo

Elsa, star of Disney's Frozen
Elsa, star of Disney's Frozen

Sarah Jane Murphy

A Middle Eastern artist, Saint Hoax, has digitally added blood stains to the dresses of much loved Disney princesses, in an effort to combat 'period-shaming'.

He told website Mashable "Disney princesses are perceived as perfect females.

"Portraying them with period stains implies that it could happen to any female, and that it's a natural process."

Saint Hoax explained that the inspiration for his project came about when a female friend confided that a date ended badly when she noticed a bloodstain on her skirt.

A photo posted by Saint Hoax (@sainthoax) on

"Some people might find these images disturbing.

"I think the fact that my friend had to apologise for having a period leak is more disturbing," he said.

The artist hopes that his efforts will lead to a freer discussion on the 'taboo' subject.

Hoax's efforts and his motivation are truly admirable.

A photo posted by Saint Hoax (@sainthoax) on

Any female who has been through the trauma of a 'soakage issue' knows how stressful such an incident can be.

I agree with Hoax - women, especially young teenage girls, should not fear bloodstains.

A photo posted by Saint Hoax (@sainthoax) on

They are not something to be embarrassed about.

Recently, British female number one tennis player, Heather Watson showed her no nonsense attitude to periods.

When asked about her early exit from the Australian Open she replied  “I think it's just one of these things that I have, girl things.”

By referring to her period, Watson has brought menstruation into the sporting world and opened it up for discussion.

Read more  Periods: the final taboo for women in sport?

So, while a leak is far from a pleasant experience, lets be honest, it's a first world problem.

Stick to the tried and trusted advice - avoid white clothing and wear a long top!


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