Reddit Discussion About My Bloody Diva Cup
Hey there folks, remember when I blogged about My Bloody Diva Cup and posted pictures of it? Well, I just found an interesting conversation about it on Reddit. The discussion titled The bloody diva cup…art? *WARNING* ….I puked in my mouth a little…. is chalk-full of interesting comments. Let’s just say I had a good time reading them all. It’s pretty safe to say the original poster was a little grossed out by my public display of menstrual blood. More specifically that I touched it.
Here are some golden excerpts:
RosieLalala: Welcome to the wonderful world of menstrual/blood activism! 🙂 Seriously, it is a wonderful world. It has led to better products on the market. It has led to better medical awareness and treatments for difficulties with the whole internal reproductive system. Totally worth some people getting a little squeamish for, imho.
Razelnut (original poster): Hey, once again I say I am all for the cup and having options, and I AM HAPPY to have my period every month! I really love it….but not -that- much I guess. How has touching your period blood, maybe making art of it and taking a picture of it “led to better medical awareness and treatments for difficulties with the whole internal reproductive system” please, enlighten me.
For the recorded I never claimed to be making art, although there’s one or two pics that appealed to me in that way.
RosieLalala: It’s more that menstrual/blood activism has lead to our being able to talk about it in society.There was a time in many people’s memory where you couldn’t even mention “the monthly curse” unless behind closed doors and with a very select audience. Tampons didn’t exist in that time. Neither did pads like we’ve got now (although they did have those awkward belted ones that were horribly uncomfortable from what I hear). It may not be your cup of tea to use a tampon, but it took decades just to get the option to learn how to use one. As for medical advances – PMS was not allowed to exist. It could not be discussed save for “women’s weakness” (which may or may not actually have been related to her menstruating at the time). This was a time when any physical issue tangentially related to our ‘special anatomy’ resulted in a hysterectomy.
Way to have my back RosieLalala.
InnerTaunTaun: I think maybe some are trying to break down taboos that will lead to further acceptance of women and all that they are both physically, mentally and emotionally.
RosieLalala: I think that it’s more a “why be squeamish?” We are all grossed out by different things. Some people like scat-play. Some people like blood. Some people are grossed out by eyes, or mucous.
Razelnut: For me it’s not the cup, it’s the touching of the blood AND taking pictures of touching the blood. I see how the pictures could be helpful for someone wondering about what the cup is like – but did she HAVE to touch the blood?
I guess I didn’t HAVE to touch it, but I wanted to show the texture of menstrual blood, or my menstrual blood anyhow, since I’m sure texture can be different from woman to woman, and also depending on which day of your cycle you’re on.
Blowbubbles: Even tho I knew it was gross, I couldn’t stop looking. It’s like a freakin train wreck!
I love train wrecks! Metaphorically speaking of course. I don’t actually enjoy the death of hundreds.
Razelnut: I “get” why women might want to use those things…good for the environment, yadda yadda yadda BUT to do that…..and this comment just added to the gross ” take note of how clean the cup is on the outside, and keep in mind that I masturbated while wearing it” Whaaaa?
Haha, too much information for some people I guess. I didn’t even remember writing this, I had to go back and double-check. I mentioned the cleanliness of the outside of the cup, because a lot of people don’t want to try products like the Diva Cup, the Keeper, Mooncup, etc, because they’re squeamish about the messiness. I wanted to show that it was really clean and that there was no reason to be squeamish about it.
Freezingkiss: That is horrible, god and she masturbated while wearing it. THANKS. That’s not art. I know ‘art is subjective’ blah blah. That’s not art. Ewww!
Capoteismygod: I’m not sure why masturbating while wearing it is a big deal
Razelnut: It’s not but mentioning it, then playing with the blood….that’s gross.
I don’t understand how doing something isn’t gross, but talking about it is.
NoahTheDuke: Also, who said anything about specialness because of exclusivity? Who made you final arbiter on matters concerning rightness and wrongness of actions? Where is your perspective coming from? Why does this matter so much to you, to prove that her natural bodily functions are gross and wrong to investigate?
I like that last line by NoahTheDuke, because all of this really is just an investigation. Like I’ve said before, I don’t care whether people are grossed out by blood, or whatever other bodily function, but you should ask yourself why you’re grossed out by it. The answer to those questions are important. Are you grossed out by menstrual blood, because of years and years of conditioning? I mean, it’s no secret that women and their monthly cycle has been villainized for thousands of years. Ask yourself where your reactions, thoughts, and emotions come from? Would you be as grossed out by a drop of blood in the bathroom that you knew came from a paper cut on your roommates finger rather than your roommates cunt? I think you know what I’m getting at here… Just remember to investigate your own reactions, you’ll probably find that a lot of your judgements come from strange places.