Generally, spotting a sanitary pad anywhere in public is a day-ruiner — so, so gross.
But one woman in Germany is changing that by turning the feminine care products into feminist art.
Elone, from Karlsruhe, Germany, was originally inspired by a 2014 tweet from Twitter user @cutequeer96.
imagine if men were as disgusted with rape as they are with periods — #StayStrongLeah (@cutequeer96) September 29, 2014
The tweet got Elone thinking about feminism and women's rights. So, using pads as her medium, she posted messages all over her home city that focus on women's rights issues.
On each pad is a piece of paper baring a feminist message, such as “rapists rape people, not outfits” and “imagine if men were as disgusted with rape as they are with periods.”
Two days ago, Elone uploaded a photo of her project to Tumblr, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Apparently, women all over the world have contacted her, hoping to replicate her feminist project on their own home turf (which, of course, she supported).
But not everyone is a fan of the project: She's received a fair amount of criticism, mainly from people who felt “offended” by her work.
Potentially misguided aspects aside, her project is incredibly powerful and, in bringing awareness to feminist issues, important.