Activist Rocks Her City With Feminist Messages Posted On Pads

Elonë, a 20-year-old blogger and artist from Karlsruhe, Germany, has shaken up her city by posting pads throughout town with feminist calls to action on them. Adorned with phrases in both German and English that she found on the internet like “my pussy, my choice” and “rapists rape people not outfits,” the pads have become a phenomenon practically overnight, with women all over the world sharing their goals to start similar street art campaigns in their hometowns. Elonë was inspired to launch the project when she saw a powerful tweet back in September by blogger CuteQueer96:

The sentence made its way onto one of Elonë’s pads, and while I find it to be somewhat problematic (making generalizations about the entire male population can be just as counterproductive as making generalizations about women), it makes a startling statement about where our society places its priorities. Is so much discomfort surrounding a basic bodily function remotely necessary? Most of the criticism Elonë received from Karlsruhe residents had nothing to do with the phrases she shared, but the fact that reminders of menstruation were on public display. Despite how commonplace pads are in so many women’s lives, residents saw them as something to be swept under the rug. Elonë told her blog readers that her goal was simply to make a move toward gender equality, and that it was not meant to provoke, but rather “to get people to think.”

[Cosmopolitan UK]

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