We'll say it one more time for the folks in the cheap seats: Periods are not gross. They’re a totally natural part of being a woman and it’s time we all got over the unnecessary shame we’ve been carrying around since our tampons leaked in the middle school cafeteria.
And we're not the only ones who think period shame is so over. Lili Murphy-Johnson, a British jewelry designer, is on a mission to replace the squeamish feelings around menstruation with accessories that sparkle and shine.
The crystal-encrusted pieces are all handmade and represent the phases of the menstrual cycle, from pain and PMS to the heavy flow days so many women have to deal with. The line features tampon charm bracelets, pad-inspired cocktail rings, and even broaches that look like blood stains.
“Periods aren't something that happens on accident,” Murphy-Johnson said in an interview with Cosmopolitan. “I want this to be something that [people] actually choose to show, reclaim, and say, ‘Yeah, I have periods. Everyone does and this is my jewelry.’”
But the bold jewelry line and what it stands for hasn’t been met with unanimous praise. The 23-year-old’s collection was banned from Etsy after some of her images were deemed “inappropriate.”
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Murphy-Johnson’s mission is totally empowering, and the pieces are pretty artistically awesome. While it may not be every person's style, we think it's pretty lame for Etsy to pull the plug on the line. Frankly, we've seen some throw pillows on the site that are way more offensive.