Today I will share three ideas with you how teenagers (uhhm… or maybe all of us!?) can learn about periods in a fun way. The three games are perfect for using the new time gained during the Corona-Quarantine to learn more about menstruation. With colouring books, board games or memory, the general mindset and period knowledge are quickly improved. By playing, it naturally becomes something very normal and we are more relaxed when talking about it. The general acceptance of periods increases as well. No more being ashamed or embarrased when talking and learning about our body. It is important that education is fun and includes activities that we enjoy doing. Emotional as well as practical information must be combined with scientific facts in a meaningful way. And we should always ask ourselves: How do we actually talk about menstruation with other people (especially the younger generation)?
The Period Game (board game)
‚The Period Game’ is a board game about menstruation. It is designed to change the way menstrual knowledge is taught in schools. Learning about menstruation has never been so easy and lively. It is an innovative idea to educate especially young people and to counteract period shame. The game guides us entertainingly and easily through different topics such as puberty, menstrual cycle, periods or PMS. All participants learn what happens in their (own) body. The game aims to turn a typically unpleasant situation into a fun and positive learning experience. It is impossible to not say words like menstruation or tampon during the 30 minutes of the game. These words naturally slide over into the language we actively use and will be positively perceived (with the fun of playing). The goal of the game is to become a period expert. That is the only way to win.
Who’s behind the game?
Daniela Gilsanz and Ryan Murphy met at the Rhode Island School of Design in the US, where both studied industrial design. The idea for the game was born during a joint project at the university. Now they want to revolutionize the sex education in schools with ‘The Period Game’. They have also won the Red Dot Design Award.
Pussy Pairs (memory)
‘Pussy Pairs’ or also ‘Mumury’, is a memory game with vulva pictures. The memory is intended to raise awareness of vulva diversity and to celebrate the diversity of all people. It is both an artistic and slightly provocative icebreaker. It can be a visual aid in the context of sex education. But honestly, it helps all people to finally see real vulvas. The game challenges us and makes us think, because the prejudices against the (female*) sex organ are deeply rooted in us. Pussy Pairs wants to overcome not only prejudices but also feelings of shame and fear of touching the vulva. Instead, sexual autonomy and more self-love is being encouraged by showing pictures of real vulvas. The Memory also invites an open dialogue about aesthetic ideas and also doubts about our vulva. The aim is to find as many pairs of matching vulvas as possible.
Who’s behind the game?
Gloria Dimmel has been producing vulva replicas from clay in Vienna since 2017. By now more than 130 people have participated in her project. Also all 18 vulvas we get to see in the game are imprints of real people. A part of the proceeds will be donated to support the rights of womxn. A particular focus is female* genital mutilation, which affects around 200 million girls* and womxn worldwide every year.
Maubeschau (colouring book)
‚Maubeschau’ is a lovingly designed menstrual colouring book for people of all ages, which offers different vulva illustrations. Every drawing shows how different and beautiful the vulva can be. It is mainly intended for the moments during menstruation, to connect creatively and artistically with your own cycle. The aim is to develop a positive attitude towards the menstruating body and to experience vulva diversity. Coloring contributes to relaxation and invites us to deal with ourselves more deeply. The book also contains a menstrual calendar, where you can write down your mood and other characteristics during the menstrual cycle.
Who’s behind the coloring book?
Jenz Mau is an artist and writer, among other things. She writes mainly about sexuality and self-love. She is also publicly active as a prosex feminist and is committed to ensuring that all people can live sexually self-determined lives.
Languages: The texts in the book are in German and English
Why should we learn about menstruation with games?
The idea of educational games is mainly to approach the subject in an respectful and fun way. It is best done in a loving and protected space that invites to ask questions. The active participation in the games encourages a healthy exploration of one’s own body, cycle and menstruation. Because the perception and awareness of one’s own body has a direct influence on how we feel about it. And the basic prerequisite for a natural and self-confident approach to topics such as menstruation or fertility is that (young) people feel comfortable in their own bodies and show appreciation for them.
Who are the games suitable for?
The target group for all three of these games are actually children or teenagers, in order to support sex education at school (or at home). If we learn about menstruation through games, it is often easier for us. They are also nice presents for young people, preferably before their first period. But honestly, I think that the games are suitable for people of all ages. Because the games are not just about classical education or imrproving the knowledge. It is much more about changing one’s perspective and learning an unbiased perspective towards menstruation and sexuality.
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