03 March 2011

Hiromi Ozaki aka Sputniko

Menstruation Machine

‘It’s 2010, so why are humans still menstruating?’
As a female artist I had one big question I wanted to solve.

The pill free, bleeding interval was devised when the contraceptive pill first came out, only because it was felt by doctors that women would find having no periods too unacceptable (since the 1960s, taking the pill continuously could have removed periods all together) The doctors may think that women are psychologically attached to their periods, but only humans, apes and bats out of all mammals need to bleed monthly for their reproductive cycle. What does Menstruation mean, biologically, culturally and historically, to humans? Who might choose to have it, and how might they have it?

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