Cassie Clemmer is a transgender artist who doesn't conform to one gender and instead chooses to use their/they're pronouns in place of he/him and she/her. The Washington DC native is a period-positive activist and while their previous work - they're the brains behind artistic project Toni the Tampon - delighted the masses, their latest stunt has provoked a mass online debate.
Clemmer has been pictured deliberately bleeding through their trousers, legs spread, sitting on a park bench. They hold a sign up which reads: "Periods are not just for women. #Bleedingwhiletrans" - a message which has unsurprisingly angered many people, men and women alike. Alongside the controversial image, Clemmer posted a poem which detailed the struggles of being a trans who bleeds as well as the following hashtags: "#bleedingwhiletrans #menstruator #genderinclusion #mencanmenstruate #protectranskids #periodpride #genderdysphoria #menstruationmatters #ifmenhadperiods."
The photo provoked a fiery debate in the comments section with many expressing their disgust at seeing period blood - a totally natural and very vital part of life - while others heaped support on Clemmer while trying to explain their argument for why your genitalia doesn't determine your gender. "Genitalia doesn't determinate your gender, so it is your brain what determinates it. He hadn't a choice about being a man, because he always had been a man. And there's no thing about "scientific gender". Trans people usually, to be able to take hormones, they need to take psychological analysis to see if they have dysphoria (serious depression that can leak to thoughts of suicide). Because of dysphoria and because of this cisheteronormative society so many transgender kids had committed suicide. So no, this is not a game. This is not a whim. This is not something you can change or you can decide."
"This post is hope for the future! This is SO POWERFUL! I am SO proud of our fearless youth charging the way to a more loving and inclusive tomorrow!!!!," another added. But for every positive comment, there were 100 negative and downright nasty ones, with some even being so sick as to tell Clemmer to kill himself. "Men cannot have fucking periods. You are everything that is wrong with the fucking world, seriously. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MALE HUMAN BEING HAVING A DAMN PERIOD. It's literally scientifically impossible, any person with a slight bit of intelligence will tell you that. Silly fucker," one wrote.
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