OK, not really — but with the help of a new high-concept machine from Japanese artist Hiromi Ozaki they can get a sense of what the pain and agony of periods really feel like. The metallic machine is worn around the waist, and contains abdomen stimulating electrodes (synthetic cramps) and a blood dispensing mechanism that supposedly accurately simulates a five-day menstrual cycle. Ozaki demonstrates how the machine works in this deceptively perky J-pop music video.
Says Ozaki, “The machine is not worn only by men, but also by women when menstruation may become obsolete in the future and the biological process has become a mere ritual of identity.” Awesome, equal opportunity pain! Ozaki’s also working on a penis prototype that moves up and down based on her heart rate. [Carnal Nation]