Ever since I saw Molly’s beautiful Challenging Sexy image, I’ve wanted to try a menstrual photo. And when I saw the “women” prompt this month, I actually hoped my period would come early, so I could take some bloody shots…and it did!
I used to despise my period. The cramps, the bloating, the sore breasts, the pms (ok, it’s still pretty annoying and painful)…but I don’t think it’s gross anymore. And now that I’ve started using a menstrual cup instead of tampons, I mind it less. I also don’t mind sex on my period…in fact, masturbating is key to keeping me sane when my hormones are raging.
I understand blood in general squicks some people out and that’s understandable, so if this photo doesn’t appeal to you, I get it. But I actually think menstrual blood can be sexy. And I think bloody dildos look straight up BAD ASS.
What it means to be a woman has changed drastically over time for me.
It used to mean always smelling good and always shaving my pussy and wearing push up bras under cute outfits (and there’s nothing wrong with any of those things.) Now though, I am in love with my natural vaginal smell and even my body odor and my bush, and bras tend to annoy me. I still like getting dressed up and wearing makeup and shaving my legs and doing some stereotypical “fem” things, but I don’t do them because I feel I have to to be a woman or to be sexy. I reject the idea that women have to have certain qualities, and especially the idea that they have to be neat and tidy and “lady-like.”
To me, being a woman means being an authentic person. And sometimes that means getting sweaty and wet and messy and loud…and bloody. And to me, that’s sexy.
Menstrual was featured as a top photo in the Sinful Sunday Round-up; thanks Molly!