It’s been estimated that people with vaginas spend more than $24,000 of sanitary products in their lifetimes. Stigma surrounding periods is one thing, however, what is even more surprising is the fact that many people starve during that time of the month because they can’t afford sanitary products.
A 24-year-old artist and single mother Zoe created a piece of art from her menstrual blood.
To draw attention to this problem, she titled the piece, An Expensive Habit.
“Let’s be honest, people would not have been so offended, disgusted and outraged if I had used red paints,” she said. “Now that I have your attention, let’s direct this outrage at the issue at hand.”
“We live in a society where access to almost anything relies on your socioeconomic position,” Zoe said. “People are already struggling to access basic needs, such as food and shelter.”
Not wanting to give up on her studies to work, Zoe had no choice but to skip meals to pay for tampons. As a struggling university student, found herself in a particularly difficult position when she had to survive a period that endured for six months time.
She said “Regardless of one’s financial position, be it a result of bad choices or not, everyone should be able to access these basic necessities,” .
“Mothers should be able to go to work without having to resort to rolled up socks and toilet paper.”