Cass Clemmer is trying to beat the taboo of periods, especially for trans men and non-binary people who still have to deal with them. On their Instagram account, Toni the Tampon, Clemmer often posts staged shots of tampons.
However, they have now shared a bolder image to remind people that periods aren’t something that only cis-women deal with.
In the poem, Clemmer, who prefers gender neutral pronouns, writes that when they menstruate it causes severe gender dysphoria.
They wrote: “Y’all know I’m trans and queer, and what that means for me all around, is something that’s neither there nor here, it’s a happy, scary middle ground.
“So when I talk gender inclusion, and I wrote these rhymes to help you see, I’m not tryna bring up something shallow, periods are honestly pretty traumatic for me.
“See my life is very clearly marked, like a red border cut up a nation, a time before and a time beyond, the mark of my first menstruation.”