I’ve often tried to challenge myself to come up with a scenario that so-called ‘progressives’ might invent that is just so plain ridiculous that it wouldn’t be believed, let alone considered. And I honestly can’t personally think of any. But then they consistently come up with ludicrous scenarios like this: A self-described, feminist ‘sex coach’, Demetra Nyx, has started posting pictures of herself on Instagram where she smears her own menstrual blood on her face because it’s – quote – “magical” and “powerful”.
Incredibly, Nyx is not alone, with an increasing number of female life coaches and spiritual healers also advocating the practice of what is referred to as ‘menstrual facials’. As Yazmina Jade, who engages in the practice each month, writes:
It’s taken me years to realise that bleeding is a sacred ritual time, for women to go inward, to let go, to create, to use in powerful manifestation and to honour our womb power and MOTHER EARTH…
We have shamed ourselves as women for bleeding, men have placed this taboo on us for bleeding. It’s a time to reclaim our power through reclaiming that which comes naturally for us…It’s a blessing.’
I’m pretty sure that one of my sons used a similar kind of argument once too when he tried to smear poop all over his face while he was being toilet trained. But thankfully he grew out of spreading his bodily excretions over his body and I simply put it down as a sign of his latent, ‘toxic masculinity’. In fact, what I am sincerely hoping is a parody account, one man has used his own excrement as a sign of male empowerment. As Ellen Scott reports in Metro:
Atlas Talisman, 37, describes himself as a ‘poo wizard’.
He’s intent on getting rid of the shame around the anus, and he will fulfil that mission by smearing what appears to be poo on his cheeks (we don’t think it’s actually poo, by the way. Perhaps some brownie batter?).
He shared his act of poo positivity with a video, because what else is the internet for if not for videos of people getting sh*tfaced?
‘I don’t mind being the butt of the joke, humour is the best vessel for serious issues,’ says Atlas.
‘For too long the anus has been associated with ‘homo’, ‘pervert’ or ‘dirty,’ which make men scared of exploring this part of their body.
‘The rectum has been put ‘out of bounds’ and it is time to reconnect with it in celebration and respect.
But just before you think that this latest version of ‘red face’ was a failed attempt at cultural appropriation, Nyx, argues that it’s all about female empowerment and breaking down social taboos. Indeed, according to The Scottish Sun, Nyx says that smearing her own menstrual blood over her body has become a ‘ritual’ to her. Nyx is quoted as saying that her reasons for doing so are as follows:
“It is a little to liberate other women and a lot to please my Self.”
“I get so much pleasure from this ritual and I love feeling so free to share it and I love not caring what the reactions will be.”
“I will do this every month until people are no longer shocked by it. I will do it until little girls stop being taught that the natural functions of their bodies are disgusting and unclean. I will do it until women stop feeling like they can’t have sex on their period because it is gross.”
But with all the media talk of ‘toxic masculinity’ at what point will people start to consider that certain forms of feminism have themselves become toxic? Indeed, as Micaiah Bilger writes:
It is this almost religious worship of the body that often supports abortion as well. Claiming ultimate control over their body, some feminists believe there is no problem with aborting an unborn baby for any reason up to birth. They call for an end to the “stigma” and “shame” of abortion and full embrace of women’s so-called “right to choose” to do whatever she wants with her body, including killing the child she is carrying.
You really can’t make this stuff up. At least, I never could. But, sadly, I’m almost certain that next week something’s going to be suggested that will even top this.
Mark Powell is the Associate Pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Strathfield.
Illustrations: Demetra Nyx, Instagram.
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