Instagram pop artist Saint Hoax is taking a stand against period shaming in a series of striking images showing Disney princesses with period stains.
The self-proclaimed "PoPlitically incorrect artist" took stills from classic Disney princess movies and Photoshopped little red patches onto the dresses of three beloved characters. By showing Disney princesses with period stains (as well as the horrified looks on their princes' faces), Saint Hoax replicates a situation well-known to any menstruating person. The images are a clever visual criticism of the shame and embarrassment surrounding menstruation, a natural process that society dictates should remain hidden and unspoken. It also criticizes the feminine ideal that the princesses represent: that a woman should be quiet, clean, and delicate.
These images of Disney princesses with period stains is just the latest in an outbreak of clever depictions of menstruation. From performance pieces to t-shirts, the world of contemporary pop art is taking a stand against period shaming.