The Menstruation Machine


July 6, 2010

If a man could be a woman for a day, there are certainly quite a lot of things he would be curious about. But I’m certain menstruation would not be one of them. A Japanese art student, however, would like to say otherwise. For his graduate project at the Royal College of Art, Hiromi Ozaki created a device that would mimic the effects of menstruation. For the man who always wants to know what his girlfriend is bitching about, this one is for you.

It is unlikely for one to understand why Ozaki ever attempted a project as odd and slightly disturbing as this. Somehow I think there are better ways to understand the plight of woman than to send electric shocks to one’s lower abdomen and wear a mechanical pouch that secretes blood for every 5 days of the month. It’s possible that Ozaki sees menstruation as a kind of a biological art form. But if he truly wanted the realism of a woman undergoing her period, he would’ve included a mood-altering and headache-inducing device in addition to everything else. Maybe for his PhD, Ozaki will stimulate the wondrously slimy joys of afterbirth.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.