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Teens Invent 'Tampon Run' Game to De-Stigmatize Periods

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"The taboo that surrounds [periods] teaches women that a normal and natural bodily function is embarrassing and crude." That's the message two teenagers want to send with their new video game, Tampon Run.

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As seen on Fast Co. Exist, the video game invented by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser grew out of their involvement with a Girls Who Code summer program. The gameplay is simple enough, according to the instructions:

"Hit all the enemies with your tampons. Don't let them pass you. They'll confiscate your tampons [like the Texas State Troopers during a reproductive rights demonstration]. Collect tampon boxes for more tampons. Don't run out of tampons or it's GAME OVER."

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But the message behind the game is a little more complex. The two young developers wanted to find a way to make having your period seem less humiliating and more normalized:

Illustration for article titled Teens Invent Tampon Run Game to De-Stigmatize Periods
Illustration for article titled Teens Invent Tampon Run Game to De-Stigmatize Periods

To play the game, visit here.

Images via TamponRun.com

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Rebecca "Burt" Rose

Everyone down in these comments equating a menstrual cycle with pooping, please wallow in your shame. I never thought I would see the day where I would have to explain to people why that is a ridiculous comparison and frankly I won't bother now. Also the insane amount of 'UGH WHY FEMINISTS DO DAT' rage over two girls who made an 8bit game to demonstrate a good point about de-stigmatizing something that for women has been a notorious source of humiliation and shame for our entire existence is laughable. Just fucking laughable. If you consider an 8bit game about tampons such a threat to your entire gaming culture, you need to go check yourself. For real.