Tampon Run

There is something perversely comic about how much menstrual blood freaks people out, especially cis guys. When blood is part of a natural process, and not the result of some sort of violence, it becomes automatically revolting. This is an irony that shines brightest in the gaming industry – the two main genres of games seem to be ‘car’ or ‘gun’, and the resulting violence within them (often towards women) is endemic.

This is something that Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser, two 17-year-old high school students from New York, noticed. They met at a Summer Immersion Programme run by Girls Who Code, an organisation trying to close the gender gap in tech. The result of that meeting is TamponRun, an addictive tampon for bullets 8bit running game. The game not only draws attention to the taboo around menstruation, it’s also really, really fun. The girls have been kind enough to send us the code to host TamponRun on the Ladybeard website, so you can play to your heart’s content. But before you play, check out our interview with Andy and Sophie where they talk tampons, tech and future plans.

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Spotlight: Liadain Evans

Liadain Evans is an artist working in video installation and film. Her work is concerned with the gap between reality and the cinematic world, romanticisation, and the construction of fantasy. Graduating from BA Fine Art at Falmouth University in 2014, she now lives and works in London.

Under Texas Skies is an eighteen minute long projection of a woman looking out of her window. She occasionally leaves the room only to return in a new outfit, whilst the view outside her window intermittently changes. This is the extent of change in Liadain’s film; and yet there is something moving and irresistible about watching this lonely, gazing figure. She becomes for us the voyeur and the voyeured, a beautiful romantic but also a pathetic romanticisation of herself. Her world is divided between the claustrophobia of her reality (though what this is, is questionable), and the wide-open spaces she longs for outside her window. The little we are shown of her life appears as an imitation of the American cinematic she consumes, while aspects of her manic and mundane reality still creep in. To see more of Liadain's work take a look at her website.

DENIM

Denim talk Sex & Drag, a short film by Stroma Cairns specially commissioned for the Sex Issue. The drag troupe Denim talk intimately to Ladybeard about the relationship between sex, sexuality, gender and desire.