Tampons & Tweets is a resistance and reaction series. After Trump’s obsession with women and blood was pointed out by artist Simone Leigh, I became hyper aware of it. Not long after, Josh Marshall’s piece "Blood and Ruin" came out dealing with precisely that topic and thus, the president’s obsession became my obsession.
I have paired tampons and subsequently the blood that my body has expelled with his simultaneously sent tweets. His unimpaired male ego matched with my unimpaired female biology. His perceived power/(in)ability v.s. my actual power/(in)ability.*
I also know that menstruation or the image of a bloody tampon is what would truly offend Trump, his administration, and the conservative right the most, especially when paired with Trump’s words via his most prized form of communication. Truly innocuous and inoffensive though it is, as it was also recently pointed out, (I regret to say I forget by who) menstrual blood is the only blood that does not come from violence, it still seems to be the base of all of women’s offenses to men. And since this administration is all about going back to basics, one of my artistic desires is thus to offend them at their most basic misogynistic, puritanical core. I find myself coming back to the article "Becoming Ugly" by Madeleine Davies and the line “I WANT TO OFFEND YOUR SIGHT. I WANT TO OFFEND YOUR EVERYTHING.”
*Note: I created this series in part because I am hyper-aware of my sick body; having not bled for around a year while on chemotherapy, and because I consider myself infertile due to that treatment.
Regardless, I recognize that this is a very essentialist/cis-gendered series and that not every self-identified woman has the ability to defy Trump in this way should they even want to. I hope it is clear that the work is pandering only to the narrow biologically essentialist views of the man who sent the tweets, and does not reflect that of my own.
In solidarity with all of my (re)sisters.
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