June 13th, 2017 | Updated on June 25th, 2018
This New Zealand artist, Zoe Ward, created a painting entirely out of her own period blood to symbolise how many women lack access to feminine care products.
The artist who is a single mother is glad that people are offended and outraged by the piece, which is titled ‘An Expensive Habit’.
A $4 box of tampons may not sound like a lot, but Zoe said people are not taking into account households with more than one woman or those who have a heavy flow.
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“The woman who bleed more frequently, and at times, constantly such as issues from endometriosis and ovarian cysts will need to spend far more than $4 a month,” she said to Daily Mail Australia.
Zoe has experienced the issue firsthand when she was left with a period that went on for six months straight. There were days when Zoe would have to go without dinner so that she could feed her daughter, afford tampon and medical costs, and continue her university studies.
Zoe has a clear message for those who are outraged by the fact that she used period blood instead of paint for her work.
Zoe said she hopes feminine care products will eventually be subsidised, just as condoms and contraceptives are in New Zealand.
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