Today, while innocently browsing the Internet, I came across this American Apparel Period Power Washed Tee. The shirt is a depiction of a finger touching a vagina that is bleeding because whoever it belongs to has their period. It includes pubic hair and red blood and nail polish and yes, it is that detailed.
While I have absolutely no shame in menstruation or periods, I do think this shirt is a little bit unnecessary. I get it – it’s supposed to be a message of female empowerment. And of course I want young girls to feel empowered and not embarrassed by their periods, but still – does it need to be spelled out this way on a t-shirt? Think about it this way: if a dude wore a shirt with a penis doing, uh, stuff on it, would that be a message of male empowerment or would it be creepy, gross and perverted?
I would never wear this, but if you would, well… more power to ya, I guess. This shirt reminded me that, if you look hard enough, you can find other things on the Internet that are decorated with menstruation things and vaginas. Graphic things. Things that you wouldn’t wear around your grandma. Here are 10 weird and random vagina and period products out there.
Period Power Washed TeeThis shirt was created by Petra Collins, an artist who explores female sexuality and teen culture. It's just a little... graphic? Found on American Apparel
Tampon and Maxi Pad PlushiesThese are like little dolls of bloody tampons and maxi pads because... I don't know why. Why do you want a bloody tampon doll? The weirdest thing is that, in a way, these are almost cute. Found on Etsy
Blood Sisters Uterus BFF NecklaceThis is a pretty serious BFF necklace, for the friends who share literally everything. Even period and uterus stuff. Found on Etsy
Vampire Tampon TeabagThis is a teabag that looks like a tampon leaking blood into your teacup because you really want to make all the people around you vomit. Found on Etsy
Crochet Christmas TamponBecause why wouldn't you need a tiny crochet Christmas tampon, you know? Especially one with a Santa hat and a cute smile. Found on Etsy
Nobody Knows I'm Menstruating ShirtNOW EVERYONE KNOWS. Do we need to advertise in this way that we have our period? Is it totally necessary? I feel like no. Found on Etsy
Uterus With Ovaries CharmThere are SEVEN of these. Yes, seven, because you absolutely need seven uterus shaped charms in your life, obviously. Found on Etsy
That Time Of The Month Uterus Prick CushionI actually love this. It's a uterus-shaped voodoo doll. When you have your period and you feel like you just want to rip your painful uterus out of your body, you can take your frustrations and anger out on this little prick cushion instead of, I don't know, your boyfriend. Found on Etsy
Uterus Headpiece HatHalloween costume? Fun to wear if you're a sex ed teacher? Neither? I don't know anymore. Found on Etsy
Uterus UnderwearActually, this is sort of fun. It makes a statement to those who see it without being in your face. Also, it's better than those "sexy" Victoria's Secret PINK undies all the little girls buy. Found on Etsy
Which one of these products did you think was the weirdest? Would you buy any of these? Which was your favorite? Tell me in the comments.