Preschool Hangs Up Artwork by 4-Year-Old – Painted Using Mother’s Menstrual Blood

“All parents should be able to see.”

A 4-year-old boy was praised by his school after he used his feminist mother’s menstrual blood to create art, Swedish outlet Expressen reported.

The boy, named Maximilian, was reportedly inspired to draw with the blood after discussing menstruation with his mom. At preschool the next day, Maximilian used the discharge to draw a self-portrait.

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The mom told Expressen in an interview that the artwork was well-received by the school, and now hangs on the wall in his classroom.

“So all parents should be able to see,” she explained in an Instagram post.

She added the she is proud of her son’s work.

Maximilian’s mom said that she also has two daughters, and the family has always been open about discussing how the human body works.

The story isn’t the first case of a person using menstrual blood to fight purported patriarchal taboos. Last month, a Los Angeles based sex-coach named Demetra Nyx gained notoriety by posting public pictures of herself smeared with her own menstrual blood on her face and body.

Nyx said she started posting the pictures as a way to break down period taboos and empower women. “If I take something many people find disgusting and I touch it and play with it and smear it all over my face, then maybe some little girl, somewhere, will see the blood between her legs and think, ‘Well if Demetra puts it on her face, maybe this isn’t that gross after all.’” Nyx wrote in an essay on Medium.

Nyx’s stunt highlights a growing movement to combat stigmas surrounding women’s menstrual cycles. In February, feminist director Rayka Zehtabchi openly talked about her period during a speech at the Academy Awards. Earlier that month, a Kickstarter campaign was launched to help fund a children’s game aimed at teaching kids about the female menstrual cycle.

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