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This Young Artist Just Used Her Period Blood As Her Paint: The Girl Power Series

Recently, a young artist used blood from her menstrual cycle to make art, and here's what happened.

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Meet Samera Paz.

She is a Washington DC native, an artist, and a girl power enthusiast.
@sameraflowers / Via Instagram: @sameraflowers

She is a Washington DC native, an artist, and a girl power enthusiast.

Raised in our Nation's Capitol, her artwork speaks volumes to those who seek beauty in everything.

@sameraflowers / Via Instagram: @sameraflowers

She is even one of the founders of the Girl Power Meet-ups Movement, along with Lee Phillips, and Ari Melenciano.

And mark my words, these girls are going to change the world.
@girlpowermeetups / Via instagram.com

And mark my words, these girls are going to change the world.

Recently, she posted these pictures of her artwork, which was made using blood from her menstrual cycle.

Here is how the internet reacted.

Note: I have edited these pictures to protect the identities of the speakers. To see the unedited comments, visit Samera on twitter @nahpeach.

I reached out to Samera, and this is what she had to say:

"I would not try to change people's opinions." Invoking the right of artistic license, she explained that she "make[s] art that makes people feel something, anything, whether it's good or bad."

A Conversation Starter

All the negativity surrounding Paz's artwork, begs the question: "Are periods THAT disgusting?" Not to Samera, and why should they be? If we think about it, every single person on this Earth was brought to you in part by women. Men have signed contracts in blood, so why is THIS so gross? What crime has this young artist from DC committed, that warrants such hatred? Calling her derogatory names, racial and gender slurs, "and telling [her] to die has nothing to do with [her] artwork." Although many feel uncomfortable, Miss. Paz tells me that she has received support as well. A recent Instagram post of hers, is littered with comments of praise and encouragement, many urging her to continue to shake things up.
@sameraflowers / Via instagram.com

All the negativity surrounding Paz's artwork, begs the question: "Are periods THAT disgusting?" Not to Samera, and why should they be? If we think about it, every single person on this Earth was brought to you in part by women. Men have signed contracts in blood, so why is THIS so gross?

What crime has this young artist from DC committed, that warrants such hatred? Calling her derogatory names, racial and gender slurs, "and telling [her] to die has nothing to do with [her] artwork."

Although many feel uncomfortable, Miss. Paz tells me that she has received support as well. A recent Instagram post of hers, is littered with comments of praise and encouragement, many urging her to continue to shake things up.

The Takeaway

So many women around the world hate their periods, and why? Some of us get cramps, headaches, nausea, some of us just find them inconvenient. Many of us, however, are simply TAUGHT to hate our periods. We are taught that something that is out of our control, and responsible for the continuance of the human race, is ugly.Samera seeks to change that perception. According to her, "they're...natural and beautiful," and just another form of art. Us girls, do everything in our power to try and conceal our time of the month. Why? Why can't we celebrate the very thing that makes us all the women we are?
@sameraflowers / Via instagram.com

So many women around the world hate their periods, and why? Some of us get cramps, headaches, nausea, some of us just find them inconvenient. Many of us, however, are simply TAUGHT to hate our periods. We are taught that something that is out of our control, and responsible for the continuance of the human race, is ugly.

Samera seeks to change that perception. According to her, "they're...natural and beautiful," and just another form of art. Us girls, do everything in our power to try and conceal our time of the month. Why? Why can't we celebrate the very thing that makes us all the women we are?

Maybe Sam can help us learn to celebrate ourselves.

@sameraflowers / Via instagram.com

Shine on you Flower Child you!

@sameraflowers / Via instagram.com

You can follow her on Tumblr: http://samera-flowers.tumblr.com/ and Instagram: @sameraflowers

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    It's Great!
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    It's Gross!
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    It's Art! Everyone perceives art differently!
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    It's Art! Everyone perceives art differently!
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