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Memeday: Popsicles with a fishy smell

Definitely not a freebleeder.
Definitely not a freebleeder.

Do you remember “freebleeding,” that phony “radical feminist movement” protesting the tyranny of maxipads and the joy of free-flowing menstrual blood that 4chan tried their hardest to convince feminists was a totes real thing they should all sign up for right away?

While a tiny number of real feminists were discussing the idea before 4chan got hold of it, 4chan tried to turn a protest of sorts against menstrual shaming into a fun fad that involved pretty much bleeding on anything and everything one could possibly bleed upon.

The irony, of course, was that the only people gullible enough to fall for the hoax hook line and tampon weren’t feminists but antifeminists, always ready to believe the worst about a movement they really don’t understand very well at all.

I ran across what I think is my favorite example of this amazing gullibility while poking around Facebook recently in search of inadvertently hilarious Men’s Rights memes. I found the following screenshot posted on an energetically antifeminist Facebook page called the Anti White Knight Coalition.

Be warned: this is a bit gross.

Ew ew ew ew ew.
Ew ew ew ew ew.

I have to give some credit to whoever came up with this; it’s an amazing mixture of hilarious and disgusting.

But no one could possibly have taken it seriously, right? No one literally believes that feminists are making and eating period blood popsicles, right? That they think are “really heathy” and “overall good” except for a “little … fishy smell,” right?

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Here’s how the Anti White Knight Coalition’s fans responded to this obvious prank pic.

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These are literally all of the responses to that post, except for one that contained a not-particularly relevant NSFW pic. Only one of the commenters is sure it’s a fake.

Everyone else is like, yeah, you could totally make popsicles out of menstrual blood and they’d totally look like regular popsicles and yeah that’s something feminists would totally do.

 

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Lordsouth
Lordsouth
5 years ago

I fell for it, when I saw the title my first thought was ” Hes gonna talk about popsicles stuffed into female genitalia isnt he” and then I saw the picture without reading the text… Am I a bad person or a stupid one for thinking somebody could actually do that?

Luzbelitx
5 years ago

Puh-lease, whoever makes period blood popsicles?

Everybody knows menstrual blood is much better when you macerate it in grain alcohol for a month.

It’s really healthy, has a fishy smell, overall good AND it gets you drunk to help you forget such a thing as 4chan exists!

PS: I love love LOVE memedays. Today’s was a specially good job ^^

Miss Andry
5 years ago

Yep, that’s enough Internet for me today.

Tulse
Tulse
5 years ago

But no one could possibly have taken it seriously, right? No one literally believes that feminists are making and eating period blood popsicles, right?

It does seem absurd, and the MRAs seem profoundly gullible, but then again, some people genuinely advocate eating placenta after birth, so there’s that…

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
5 years ago

Before I went veggie I was a big fan of black pudding. That’s basically a mix of blood and sawdust, so I probably wouldn’t have a problem with this, if it was someone I knew.

TMI warning!!!!!!!!

In fact, I know I wouldn’t.

Margaret
Margaret
5 years ago

How much blood do these clowns believe is released during menstruation? Certainly not enough to make popsicles (not that anyone would want to )

Bina
5 years ago

No, He-Man Woman-Haters, there’s no such thing as menstrual popsicles. But since you morons will plainly swallow anything, can I interest you in some poopsicles?

Lea
Lea
5 years ago

“One born every minute” may have been a conservative estimate.

Ken
Ken
5 years ago

Back in the ’80s when I was in college, I heard about a woman I went to high school with joining a group of “free-bleeders”. So, they probably were a thing that existed at one point. At the very least, 4chan didn’t invent the idea. While I appreciate the in-your-face guerrilla tactics to demystify menstruation, I also view it as the act of sheltered, privileged people with no consideration for the working people who would have to clean that mess up. No word if they made menstrual blood popsicles.

DS
DS
5 years ago

I mean the major reason I’m against women freebleeding is communicable disease. I don’t think there should be a stigma associated with it though beyond the “please keep your blood to yourself” thing though; that would be backwards.

Bina
5 years ago

Just for shits ‘n’ giggles, I hope somebody tries this on every one of those bozos in the “coalition” of the stoopid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MOux7doovE

(Note: This is obviously satire. But I can see those guys being terrified for real.)

kupo
kupo
5 years ago

Fishy smell? This person has never smelled menses before.

As for the free bleeding thing, I can understand why some people might opt to do that, considering how dangerous tampons can be to your health, but now there are lots of other options like cups, cloth pads, and panties.

Dodom
Dodom
5 years ago

When I was a teen from a family on welfare, I more often than not had to fashion pads out of wads of school bathroom TP and scotch tape. Even my best designs leaked like hell and I got noticed by bullies a lot. I can imagine welfare kids today will get it twice as bad, now that channers have gotten it associated it with straw feminism.

occasional reader
occasional reader
5 years ago

Hello.

Even if this has been a real thing, what the matter with this guy ? Do they never eat boudin ? Or do they always have bloodless meat ? Why do i have the bad feeling that they are the kind of guys who would eagerly ask their partner to swallow when you-know-what ?
So many questions, so little time.

Have a nice week-end.

LG.
LG.
5 years ago

The best standard I’ve seen for a responsible approach to de-stigmatizing period bleeding is this: compare to nosebleeding.

Tracy
Tracy
5 years ago

@Dodom – thanks for the reminder that donating menstrual supplies is a very good, very important thing! That must have been awful for you. Would be nice if high schools had menstrual products available for free.

Carnawennen
Carnawennen
5 years ago

I love their absolute refusal to accept that people with vaginas can’t just pump out all the menstrual blood they want to.

I’d gladly risk my health to enjoy such a healthy summer snack…

WeirwoodTreeHugger
WeirwoodTreeHugger
5 years ago

I never make popsicles out of menstrual blood. That’s gross. I only make popsicles out of the blood of my male victims. It’s a perfect complement to the martinis I make where I substitute male tears for vermouth.

guy
guy
5 years ago

@LG

Yeah, that is a good one.

Tulse
Tulse
5 years ago

Even if this has been a real thing, what the matter with this guy ? Do they never eat boudin ? Or do they always have bloodless meat ?

This is girl blood, so it has cooties in it.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
5 years ago

@ WWTH

I definitely don’t want to know what you use for olives or those little onions!

Jackson
Jackson
5 years ago

Have these people ever SEEN blood? That isn’t even the right color.

Lolallama
Lolallama
5 years ago

How long would you have to sit still to get enough, um, ingredient for even one popsicle?

Falconer
Falconer
5 years ago

Fuzzbuckets. I was trying to embed a baby goat video.

Dreadnought
Dreadnought
5 years ago

@Alan

“Every man is born with a pair of olives and a cocktail sausage.” That’s how my parents taught me about my anatomy.

Scaly Llama
Scaly Llama
5 years ago

Smells fishy? Have these guys never smelled regular blood before? It has a metallic smell and taste, not a fishy one. And no, I’m not a serial killer, I just pay attention. I haven’t tasted menstrual blood, but it definitely has the same metallic smell as regular blood.

BTW, if you don’t believe me that blood has a smell, next time you cut your finger (hopefully only a scratch!) try smelling it. It’s quite a strong scent and recognizable once you know what it is.

(And for the record, the ‘fish smell’ thing is totally ridiculous. It only smells ‘fishy’ down in lady-bits land if the owner doesn’t, or can’t, keep things clean. And even then, ‘fishy’ isn’t really accurate IMO – it’s just another slur by guys who probably haven’t ever got close enough to a real vag to know.

SOURCE: I own lady-bits)

opposablethumbs
opposablethumbs
5 years ago

The only time I’ve ever heard of freebleeding actually being a thing was when a marathon runner ran the London race while bleeding (and no, average volume per period is definitely not enough for an ice lolly of reasonable proportions. Besides, I’d rather have stew).

katz
5 years ago

Pff, obvious hoax. Nobody makes popsicles in February!

katz
5 years ago

I mean, she said “upcoming summer,” so obviously she’s in the northern hemisphere. Those things would be sitting in her freezer absorbing fridge flavors for like 4 months.

Dreadnought
Dreadnought
5 years ago

@katz

Actually I find that if you place your menstrual blood ice-pops next to some onions it develops a tangy flavour that complements the fishy taste wonderfully.

katz
5 years ago

Actually I find that if you place your menstrual blood ice-pops next to some onions it develops a tangy flavour that complements the fishy taste wonderfully.

Hmm. Maybe I’ll try that. I feel like there are shrimp cocktail possibilities, too.

Fruitloopsie
Fruitloopsie
5 years ago

Dang, these anti feminist a-holes make Patrick from spongebob look smart. Well almost.

Skiriki
Skiriki
5 years ago

Oh hey, regarding periods and access to good sanitary facilities and pads/cups/tampons, and why that stuff matters. Also, why helping to break taboos, stigmas and bans around menstruation is a must.

http://mosaicscience.com/story/blood-speaks

Note, pretty heartbreaking reading.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants
Buttercup Q. Skullpants
5 years ago

Those “Good Humour” ice cream trucks that drive around the neighborhood playing tinkly music? They’re literally selling humours on a stick. That’s where these are from.

I’m partial to Black Bile Crunch.

Skiriki
Skiriki
5 years ago

Oh shit, two highschool girls have been shot in Arizona school shooting.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/teen-girls-killed-arizona-school-shooting-1.3446008?cmp=rss

Apparently there’s no idea if this was a murder-suicide or double-suicide, but they’re not looking for an active shooter so who knows.

MexicanHotChocolate
MexicanHotChocolate
5 years ago

So my takeaway from all of this? MRAs are big babies who still think girls have cooties and act on that belief. The doofuses who believe menstrual Popsicles are a real thing probably also believed that homophobic Harlem pastor who said that Starbucks put semen from gay men in their lattes.

opposablethumbs
opposablethumbs
5 years ago

Do Good Humour vans do Choler Surprise?

Or would it be Melancholy Melba, Choler Crunch, Surprise Sanguine and Phlegm Flambé?

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
5 years ago

@ buttercup

ice cream trucks that drive around the neighborhood playing tinkly music

That means they’ve run out of ice cream; that’s what my dad told me anyway.

katz
5 years ago

That means they’ve run out of ice cream; that’s what my dad told me anyway.

Ooh, that’s smart.

TheRoseHipster
TheRoseHipster
5 years ago

I like how everyone who falls for this reveals that they have no idea how periods actually work, or what a vulva smells/tastes like. It’s a lovely own goal.

All that said, I now feel like I need to get around to seeing Only Lovers Left Alive, because there are blood popsicles there! Though not of the menstrual kind.

Basically, I am so okay with being a strawfeminist if I get to look like Tom Hiddleston or Tilda Swinton:
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Dr Hoveiny
Dr Hoveiny
5 years ago

I’ve been wanting to see Last Lovers Alive!

Also, OT and violence doesn’t solve problems, but there’s an MRA (of sorts) in this new Powerpuff Girls clip.

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Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Jackie; currently using they/their, he/his, she/her pronouns)
Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Jackie; currently using they/their, he/his, she/her pronouns)
5 years ago

That means they’ve run out of ice cream; that’s what my dad told me anyway.

Ooh, that’s smart.

I really hope that didn’t actually happen. “I can’t tell my kid no or that he can’t have ice cream so instead I will lie to him.”

Just, like, tell your kids why they can’t do the thing. Easy peas. Kids are amazingly rational beings, just like other humans or various ages.

@Dr Hoveiny

Oh yeah! That’s right! Powderpuff Girls are coming back! 😀 Excited! Can’t wait to get my cousins into Powderpuff Girls.

msexceptiontotherule
msexceptiontotherule
5 years ago

Well this is just great. Now I feel all inadequate because obviously I’m defective somehow because I don’t bleed like a lady-bits faucet and thus cannot make any blood-on-a-stick-pops with my menstrual blood. If I had the time to sit around with an ice cube tray between my legs I *might* be able to fill 2, 3 of the sections in a tray, tops.

Guess I’ll have to keep having the s/o randomly grab me dudes off the street to hang by the ankles for rapid and optimal blood collection when I slit their throats. A lady has to do what’s necessary to stay looking young – even if it’s bathing in male blood. 😉

History Nerd
History Nerd
5 years ago

I’d be willing to believe that there were a few “freebleeder” groups in the 1980’s when radical feminism was more popular in general (like the militant separatist lesbian groups and stuff). But it’s not the type of movement that would catch on among most radfems or anybody for that matter.

katz
5 years ago

Just, like, tell your kids why they can’t do the thing. Easy peas. Kids are amazingly rational beings, just like other humans or various ages.

My mother encouraged us to yell at the ice cream man and put tacks on the street to vent our frustration.

Parenting: Lots of people are bad at it.

Falconer
Falconer
5 years ago

Uh, why would the ice cream truck draw attention to itself if it doesn’t have anything to sell?

It blares music to announce itself so all the kids indoors or in back yards can hear it coming and run out to meet it, assuming they have a couple bucks.

athveg34f
athveg34f
5 years ago

Long, long sigh.
I have encountered so many people online, or dare I say… men, online, who absolutely SWEAR that every single reddit or 4chan stunt is in fact a REAL declaration of REAL feminists and that REAL feminists are marching on Washington to end Father’s Day, to remove all men’s names from new babies’ birth certificates, to indeed create policies which #killallmen, to leave their freebleeding menstrual blood all over pubic seating in buses, offices, parks, restaurants, etc., because feminists are radical and want to force bad things down everyone’s throats against everyone’s will.

I wish these people could step back and see wtf they look like to the outside world when they claim to believe most of the scaredy anti-female stuff they subscribe to. How sheltered could anyone BE in order to believe even a smidgen of what they do?

Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Jackie; currently using they/their, he/his, she/her pronouns)
Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Jackie; currently using they/their, he/his, she/her pronouns)
5 years ago

My mother encouraged us to yell at the ice cream man and put tacks on the street to vent our frustration.

http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/panic.gif

Parenting: Lots of people are bad at it.

I see.

Uh, why would the ice cream truck draw attention to itself if it doesn’t have anything to sell?

Kids are rational as in reasonable, not logical. They can’t see patterns they haven’t experienced yet, which is why it’s shitty to lie to them instead of telling them the truth.

EJ (The Other One)
EJ (The Other One)
5 years ago

which is why it’s shitty to lie to them instead of telling them the truth.

That’s a mispronounciation of “funny”, I assume.

katz
5 years ago

I have encountered so many people online, or dare I say… men, online, who absolutely SWEAR that every single reddit or 4chan stunt is in fact a REAL declaration of REAL feminists and that REAL feminists are marching on Washington to end Father’s Day, to remove all men’s names from new babies’ birth certificates, to indeed create policies which #killallmen, to leave their freebleeding menstrual blood all over pubic seating in buses, offices, parks, restaurants, etc., because feminists are radical and want to force bad things down everyone’s throats against everyone’s will.

WE CAN’T EVEN KEEP PLANNED PARENTHOODS OPEN HOW WOULD WE HAVE TIME FOR THAT SHIT

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