So, I was on the always insightful and informative Bust Magazine website reading about Sarah Anne Ward's photography period-art project. I've gotta say — I wasn't too impressed.
I tended to agree with some of the comments that the Rorschach images on underwear, sheets and a panty liner aren't that realistic. Period blood, after all, isn't usually a bright red ink color — although wonderful for that Rorschach idea. But at the same time, it isn't blue either, which it seems most pad and tampon commercials want you to believe because blood is well, gross. Blue water soaked into a tampon on TV is "beautiful" — so long as we stretch the definition of beautiful.
But here's what I really liked about the Bust post: The Period Store.
It's a subscription-based service timed to your menstruation cycle that, depending on how much you want to pay or what you feel you need, arrives each month in the form of feminine hygiene products from all over the world (the Korean eucalyptus pads that supposedly make you feel like you're in a forest sound intriguing, but just not sure I want that forest feel, you know, down there). There are also other hygiene items you could receive, like sea sponges (I had no clue).
But the box also includes tea, medicine, something sweet with chocolate and the best thing — a 5x7 art print. Art is always good for what ails you — things based in reality delivered to your door, not Rorschach period blood made with red paint or ink. Cool and all, but not necessarily what I see every month.
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