A woman removes her tampon. It’s not an unusual scene. However, the photolithography Red Flag made back in 1971 by the feministic artist Judy Chicago (maiden name Cohen, married name Gerowitz; as a feministic statement she changed her name to Chicago in 1970), is still considered pretty controversial.
According to the artist (born in 1939 in Chicago), on first sight most people didn’t have a clue as to what the red object was. Over 40 years later, that at least has changed. Red Flag isn’t Chicago’s only work that refers to menstruation. The installation Menstruation Bathroom from 1972, part of the exhibition Womanhouse, shows a bin full of bloody tampons.