i’m only bleeding

I’m Only Bleeding

“It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),” is the title of a Bob Dylan song and referenced in one of the controversial paintings by the Swedish artist, Liv Strömquist. Paintings like the one above, that recently  showed up in the Stockholm subway. And no, the work has not been defaced, those red spots are part of the painting.

The artwork, it seems, was meant to stimulate discussion about and destigmatize, menstruation.

Well a kind of discussion was had, and, predictably, lots of the reactions were extreme. They ranged from the simple, “disgusting,” to “Can’t wait for the day when women no longer pass tampons to a friend like they’re a Class A drug.” And this one:

 “It is not enough to get [your period] once a month. Now you will be reminded every time you jump on the subway.”

There have been similar advertising campaigns here in the States. The women behind the Thinx company have come up with ads that were all over the New York subway system last year. And now their offshoot, Icon Undies, is coming up with campaigns like the one in this post.

I’m wondering, how do you feel about ad campaigns like these? 

Earring Of The Day

This “earring of the day,” is by Hannah Keefe and available at the General Store. Even though I happily left California behind when I moved back east, I can’t seem to get enough of the particular California style the General Store exudes. 

Gifting

Books, can’t get enough of them, can’t find a place for them in my apartment. But books are the best gifts ever. If you want to delve into the slow fashion, fast fashion problem, I can tell you I have yet to read a better book than Elizabeth Cline’s, Overdressed.

“If consumers weren’t so focused on quantity over quality and trends over innovative design, the price of domestic production might not seem so exorbitant.”
Elizabeth L. Cline, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Anita

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