A Los Angeles woman has taken feminism to the extreme, posting selfies on Instagram showing her face smeared with her own menstrual blood in order to eliminate the stigma attached to women’s menstrual periods.
Demetra Nyx, 26, said she got her first period at age 12, adding, “I used to keep lists as a 12-year-old: what are all the ways in which I could be more attractive? How could I hide my period blood, my skin, my wrinkles, my fat?”
According to The Sun, by the time she was 20, she had used the pill, but it triggered panic attacks; she said her sex drive diminished. Instead, she got an IUD, but it caused heavy, painful periods, causing her to stay in bed.
Nyx is currently a sex coach. She calls smearing the blood on her face “magical,” adding, “I used to spend my time worrying about what other people thought of me.” She has stated she will continue to post the selfies, arguing that her mission is to liberate women.
Nyx has written, “It is a little to liberate other women and a lot to please my Self. I get so much pleasure from this ritual and I love feeling so free to share it and I love not caring what the reactions will be. I will do this every month until people are no longer shocked by it. I will do it until little girls stop being taught that the natural functions of their bodies are disgusting and unclean. I will do it until women stop feeling like they can’t have sex on their period because it is gross.”
Nyx stated, “Our society teaches us that periods are dirty and inconvenient. Ads about menstrual products talk about smelling ‘fresh’ or making us cleaner, implying that our bodies’ natural functions are gross. Women who complain about cramps are seen as weak and pathetic, even sometimes by other women – we’re expected to suck it up and basically pretend it doesn’t exist. In the U.S., we have a president who negatively described a woman as having ‘blood coming out of her whatever.’ It’s a belief that’s forced upon us.”
She continued, “We hold so much shame in our bodies, and most of us do not realize it until we intentionally explore it. Our periods are an incredibly magical time of month that holds immense power, and our society keeps us away from that as much as possible … Sharing pictures of blood on my face and body was just an impulse – I was creating a series to help women connect with their menstrual cycle, and I thought it would be fun.”
Nyx’s website says, “I believe that the key to true liberation is working with our sexuality. Because sex is an area where our society is so repressed, we tend to store a lot of things in that area of our psyche. We grow up accumulating so many stories, beliefs, emotions, and traumas. Even if we eventually go on a self-growth journey (which in the West these days often looks like therapy/yoga/drugs), we still feel like there’s something missing. That piece is often in our sex lives.”