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Woman makes complete fool of herself fighting non-existant taboo (mensturation)

English tabloid the Daily Mail has applauded a woman from Tucson, Arizona, for “making a powerful point against the taboo”. However, she did no such thing. All she did was make a fool of herself.

So what did she do?

In short: Jade Beall made a picture of herself wearing a white pair of trousers stained by menstrual blood, saying this is to “highlight the negative messages women receive about their bodies on a daily basis”.


Source: Instagram

“This self portrait is a diagram of how the world reminds me every single day how gross I am”, the lady photographer said, saying that: “Menstrual blood is gross. (But violent and gory bloody movies are normal)”

There are so many flaws in this whole operation, that I do not know where to start, so in random order, I’m going to list a few pretty obvious observations.

#1 Warped logic (wrong priorities)

“Beall (…)pointed out that along with menstrual blood, cellulite, fat rolls, small breasts and pimples are all deemed ‘gross’, even though changing them sometimes requires extensive treatments that can have serious consequences.”

She also highlighted how people tend to think of menstrual blood as taboo, although they have no problem with other kinds of blood being displayed in different settings: “Menstrual blood is gross. (But violent and gory bloody movies are normal)”.

The logic here is undeniably wrong. Basically, what she’s saying is that because it’s okay to have blood and violence shown everywhere, we should also show menstrual blood. That’s like saying that because Donald Trump is a mysoginist, it’s okay if I start beating up women in the neighbourhood. No. Pointing out something that is stupid is no reason to do something else which is stupid. I think any parent can confirm this.

In my not-so-humble opinion, she’s nuts. It’d be better to make it less normal to see blood and violence.

#2 You need not show everything “normal”

The silly women continues her Parade of Fallacies, when she basically states that it’s okay to see menstrual blood, because it is a normal bodily function.

Yes, indeed, menstruation is a normal bodily function. But so is taking a dump. I do that daily. Sometimes even multiple times. I think it is normal. But you do not see me running around town crapping myself to make a point, do you? You know why? Because I’d feel unhygienical. And that is because, yep, it IS unhygienical. Same with menstrual blood. It’s simple hygiene.

#3 the non-taboo

But the most important reason that I think this lady is ridiculous is because she’s trying to “make a powerful point against the taboo around periods”, while there is, in fact, no such taboo:

  • Turn on the TV, and you’ll see commercials for female hygiene products
  • Every supermarket has aisle upon aisle of female hygiene products
  • Women send their guys to the shop to buy tampons. And we go.
  • Upon arrival in the shop we stand in front of the shelves, daunted by the sheer amount of menstruation-related products and options. We try, we really do, to memorize what our woman wanted/needs, but they all look the same, so what do we do? We ask for help. Yes, us… men… we ask for help.
  • In the store, we ask help. Usually, not from someone who works their (as they are usually quite young, and may not have a clue), but from a woman who seems experienced enough with the concept of menstruation to actually have user-experience with some of the products and able to provide some advice.
  • The woman we ask for help, actually GIVES her advice. No hesitation. No blushing cheeks. She just asks questions and helps us, so that we can go home with the right product.

Would all this happen if there was a “taboo” around menstruation? Really?

I mean, seriously, buying condoms is often done more hush-hush than buying a pack of condoms.

My suspicions

I suspect there’s something else going on here. Either Mrs. Beall needed some free publicity for her photography business (or just wanted more Instagram-followers) and figured this would be controversial enough to get her some attention. In that case: mission accomplished.

Alternatively, she actually believes all the stuff she’s saying. Stuff like: “It’s no wonder so many of us struggle with depression and with feeling unworthy to feel divine and sacred when we have been ingrained to believe just how gross we are by simply being us: Women, with beating hearts and waves of emotion and years of living, crying, loving, struggling, succeeding, birthing, grieving, aging”.

This is victimism at it’s finest. Not only does she confuse “menstruation and blood seeping through is gross” with “you are a gross person”, but she’s also seeing some sort of world wide conspiracy trying to put women down by telling them they are gross.

Here’s the thing: leaking blood is gross. So is having a spontaneous ejaculation. Both things happen. To everyone (of the respective genders) Get over it. And if you can’t, maybe find some therapy which will get you past your self-confidence issues.

Because, really… you’re a fine, beautiful and lovely lady. You don’t need this kind of silly attentionwhoring.



  • Another asshole
    September 11, 2017 - 12:19 am | Permalink

    It’s almost like you don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about…. Oh. I see.

    • Frindividual
      September 11, 2017 - 8:03 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much for your insightful reply. It always gladdens me when two (or more) mature individuals can exchange their views in a respectful manner. A good discussion, where both parties share their view and respond to the points the other makes, instead of just throwing around some ad hominems, which are irrelevant…. Oh.. wait… I see…

  • September 28, 2017 - 11:14 am | Permalink

    Interesting post!

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