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This Artist Nailed What Your Period Actually Feels Like

"Riding the cotton pony."

Layla Ehsan, an illustration student at the Rhode Island School of Design, recently created "Menstruisms," an on-going series of illustrations every person with a period can relate to.

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"I needed a way to tell the world how crappy I was feeling! I wanted to inspect, and defy, the stigmas that make me reticent to speak openly about my period and how it makes me feel," Ehsan told BuzzFeed Life.

The illustrations, which she creates using watercolor paints and India ink, each take about two hours to complete.
Layla Ehsan / Via laylamayehsan.com

The illustrations, which she creates using watercolor paints and India ink, each take about two hours to complete.

"It sucks that the world thinks menstruation is too gross to exist, and that complaining about it — and, for that matter, acknowledging its existence in any way — is forbidden," Ehsan said.

"It's disorienting to have to pretend that such an essential function of my body doesn't exist," she added.
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"It's disorienting to have to pretend that such an essential function of my body doesn't exist," she added.

Ehsan said she is trying to highlight the ridiculousness of the lengths we go to in order to avoid talking about menstruation.

"Goofy euphemisms can be good for a laugh, but we should be able to tell people we're on our periods, too. Plain and simple," she told BuzzFeed Life.
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"Goofy euphemisms can be good for a laugh, but we should be able to tell people we're on our periods, too. Plain and simple," she told BuzzFeed Life.

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"I wanted to create images that were honest, maybe even graphic, in their depiction of what's going on behind all the codewords," she said.

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Plain and simple: If you get your period, you can say whatever the hell you want with zero shame.

Layla Ehsan / Via laylamayehsan.com

You can see more of Layla Ehsan's "Menstruisms" series, head to her Instagram page @Teenywolf or check out her website.

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