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.