Shoppers attack ‘vile’ and ‘disturbing’ T-shirt showing menstruation
When I read about this, I didn’t know what to say. Are we in The Matrix? Wonderland or Hellraiser’s lair. I had to double check the website to make sure it wasn’t fake or hacked. But it’s real.
A unisex T-shirt emblazoned with a drawing of a woman’s vagina stained with menstrual blood has been deemed ‘vile’, ‘gross’ and ‘disturbing’ since going on sale at American Apparel.
The retailer notes on its website that the $32 ‘Period Tee’ was designed by 20-year-old Toronto-based artist, Petra Collins, who ‘creates portraits exploring female sexuality and teen girl culture.’
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Miss Collins, a former employee of American Apparel, states that the T-shirt puts three very taboo topics about female sexuality – ‘pubic hair, masturbation, and menstruation’ – on display for the public.
She continued: ‘This image is stating that women are not a subordinate creature to just be entered.
‘We are our own beings control of our own sexuality. I find it interesting that images addressing sexuality and reproduction are hidden and often looked at as disgusting.’
She created three T-shirts for American Apparel in total. Another one of her offerings, called the ‘Wet Tee’, features a photograph of a woman’s chest clung to a soaked white T-shirt.
This is beyond porn, this is sick, disgusting, unbelievable and absolutely horrifying. Now you know how I feel, what are your thoughts? Post your comments below.
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