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To think that Ingrid berthon-Moine's art has probably done more damage than good in trying to get people to celebrate mentruation???

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MsSpentYouth Mon 19-Oct-09 11:16:36

This Is one of her pieces.... a woman celebrating mentruation by wearing her period blood as her lipstick. I can get that. I have studied art and can see the logic and reasoning behind it.

But after coming across this article and reading the comments at the bottom, I really don't think many people understand and can't help thinking she took a small step back from what she was trying to acheive...

Would be quite interested to here what you have to say...

TheHeadlessWombat Mon 19-Oct-09 11:18:32

That is disgusting.envy

I don't see menstruation as something to be celebrated either, it's more of an irritation for me.

6feetundertheGroundhogs Mon 19-Oct-09 11:27:06

Oh now there's a link I wished I'd never clicked on... <slaps self in face>

OK so it's not something to be ashamed of, or made to feel guilty about or told that we are unclean.... as certain religions/supposed cultures say.. it's a natural bodily function and all that.

However, it's not exactly the most pleasant aspect of being a woman, and there are some things that are best kept private.

These supposed 'shock' tactics always have the pole opposite effect. the artist's doing us no favours what so ever.

LaurieScaryCake Mon 19-Oct-09 11:27:39

I don't think its done 'more damage than good' - at least there's a debate, and it's a debate about artistic merit.

I think the comments aid the debate and mean that she has won her argument (if her argument is being artistic and raising public consciousness about periods).

ScaryFucker Mon 19-Oct-09 11:28:41

I think it is using shock value for the sake of it

I am not an arty person at all, but that is just stupid tbh

What next, wearing someones used tampax as an earring ?

These people don't do themselves any favours but some deluded idiots somewhere will always be willing to pay vast amounts of money for this shit

So, who is the fool ? <sigh >

MsSpentYouth Mon 19-Oct-09 11:29:56

Ok, menstruating may also be an irritation... but would it not be better for it to be more acceptable? so that when you have to go and buy some tampons/towels, you don't have to feel embarrassed as you queue at the checkout with them on the conveyor belt next to you?

ScaryFucker Mon 19-Oct-09 11:29:59

I am looking forward to her next "piece"

"shit as eyeliner"

LaurieScaryCake Mon 19-Oct-09 11:32:11

jizz as hair gel?

oh wait, that's been done already............ grin

TheHeadlessWombat Mon 19-Oct-09 11:32:25

I don't feel at all embarrassed when buying towels or tampons. Why should I?

MsSpentYouth Mon 19-Oct-09 11:32:42

I don't think it is nice to compare period blood, a symbol of fertility, to feaces which is a symbol of bad waste

VictoriousSponge Mon 19-Oct-09 11:32:47

im sorry but being on the blob is no celebration here

southeastastra Mon 19-Oct-09 11:32:49

this is so much better

VictoriousSponge Mon 19-Oct-09 11:33:03

its like shoudl men celebrate shaving?
get real

MsSpentYouth Mon 19-Oct-09 11:34:58

Ha ha ha, if I had any tampons I would be making one of those SEA

Alibooobaandthe40phantoms Mon 19-Oct-09 11:37:17

I really don't think there's a need to celebrate it though. And I don't think it's viewed as unacceptable is it? I don't feel embarrassed at all buying sanitary products, and neither does DH when he buys them for me.

The thing worth celebrating if anything is the fact that you become a woman capable of child-bearing. I think most people would agree that not being expected to be married and pregnant by 14 any longer, is a good thing, so we have lost that link where starting to menstruate was the beginning of adulthood.

Sassybeast Mon 19-Oct-09 11:39:23

Oh I've just had my minge waxed - shall I do a quick lap of honour round the park to celebrate ? Oh to live a life spent dreaming up this rubbish grin

whoooooisasking Mon 19-Oct-09 11:39:30

"menstruation activist" ?!


notanumber Mon 19-Oct-09 11:44:20

I think that part of the purpose of art is to challenge and disturb, to push the audience beyond the boundries of their comfort zone, to encourage them to question the status quo.

Art holds an important place in shaping our understanding of the world and the rules that we impose upon it and ourselves.

Take the Vagina Monolgues; theatres full of women chanting 'cunt'. This has become pretty celebrated now after initial mockery and disgust. And a very real dialogue opened about societys' relationship with and attitude towards female genetalia.

To dismiss it as 'yuk' is to miss the point, I think.

It's not about getting women to smear menstral blood on their lips, it's about opening a discussion of how menstruation is preceived and whether or not we should be happy with that perception.

VictoriousSponge Mon 19-Oct-09 11:44:58

oh god no the vagina monologues is just SHIT
i vringed through out it in a non " stretchign the boundaries " way
its just terribel americna shit

Winibaghoul Mon 19-Oct-09 11:46:14

O-K hmm
I'd rather celebrate the female orgasm tbh, much more worthy of celebration IMO grin Although dp and I are pretty good at 'celebrating' it hehe. Periods though? no it's just a fact of life, a bodily function. No need to celebrate it at all.
I am loving the tampon ghosty though grin

sassy you should make a commemorative art piece with the used wax strips as a celebration of female pubes.

MummyDoIt Mon 19-Oct-09 11:46:24

The woman clearly has too much time on her hands. Imagine spending so much time thinking about menstruation! She needs to get out more.

notanumber Mon 19-Oct-09 11:46:58

Though, for the record, it's not a piece that I have much interest in seeing.

I'm saying I see it's worth and I understand the purpose - doesn't mean that I necessarily rate it as piece of art.

TheHeadlessWombat Mon 19-Oct-09 11:49:39

I would almost rather listen to The Jonas Bros than see The Vagina Monologues. I don't get it at all.

whoooooisasking Mon 19-Oct-09 11:54:01

I'm going to arrange a march through my high street to celebrate my period.

I'm going to fashion a suit from sanitary towels and tampons and I shall chant "Periods are great - I get my period!"

I think it'll force people to look at how they perceive menstruation.

Nancy66 Mon 19-Oct-09 11:57:19

It's ludicrous - the whole thing is like one big French and Saunders sketch.

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