Demetra Nyx is on a mission.
The young sex coach and storyteller helps people connect with themselves and with others.
"I help people embrace all of who they are without shame," she writes on her Instagram bio.
Just scanning her personal website where she offers her services and counselling, it's clear she's very well respected by her clients. She has a very elaborate view on sexuality and how it impacts our lives.
"I help people own all of who they are without shame," she writes. "I help them discover the truth of who they really are, the true self hidden beneath the cover of their current lives, and I help them get what they truly desire."
Normally, this means working with people through issues of sexual repression, but lately she's taken a stand on a more common issue.
She's not the only person to bring to light the controversy and even shame associated with a woman's menstrual cycle. Period. End of sentence recently won an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary. It focused on the stigma of menstruation.
Nyx is focusing on it too, but she's a bit more in your face about it. Or rather, in her face?
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I will do this every month until people are no longer shocked by it. ðŸ¥€ I will do it until little girls stop being taught that the natural functions of their bodies are disgusting and unclean. I will do it until women stop feeling like they can't have sex on their period because it is gross. I will do it until we stop being embarrassed that we sometimes bleed through our clothing. Through your sheets. The idea isn't to get everyone to put blood on their face (though - wow - does it make your skin glow!) Rather... if I do something soooo shockingly disgusting and put it out in public... maybe someone somewhere will feel like: "well, if she can do *that*, maybe I don't have to hate my period after all. Maybe my body isn't that gross after all." . Also, it's fun and I like it ðŸ’ðŸ¼"â™€ï¸ . #mybodymychoice #menstruation #witchesofinstagram #blood #witch #fuckyourstandards
Nyx has been posting to social media with her own blood covering her face and body. She says she will do it every month until people are no longer shocked by it.
"I will do it until little girls stop being taught they the natural functions of their bodies are disgusting and unclean," she wrote. "I will do it until women stop feeling that they can't have sex on their period because it is gross.
"I will do it until we stop being embarrassed that we sometimes bleed through our clothing. Through your sheets."
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You are a jungle-child. Your body is meant to writhe in pleasure. Your body is meant to howl. Your body is meant to be covered in blood. Your freedom of expression has been Stolen from you. The witches are back. The witches are back. ðŸ¥€ðŸŒ¹ ðŸŒš If you're someone who gets a period... that's beautiful. If you're someone who supports your partner during their period... that's beautiful. . If you think this is gross, why? . If you have a period and hate it, can you love it? Why not? (I'd love to work with you on this). . And if you're one of the women in my inbox, sending me random photos of you doing this same thing... you're extra beautiful. I love you. Send me more. xoxoxo
She claims that her action has been well-received, insisting that many women have shared their own blood-covered faces in tribute.
"The idea isn't to get everyone to put blood on their face," she said. Noting that it does "make the skin glow." She says she just wants to make a shocking pubic display to get through to young women.
"Maybe someone somewhere will feel like: 'Well, if she can do *that*, maybe I don't have to hate my period after all.'"
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I used to spend my time worrying about what other people thought of me. I used to keep lists as a 12-year-old: what are all the ways in which I could be more attractive? What are all the ways in which I could make that person like me? How could I make my body more acceptable? How could I hide my blood, my skin, my wrinkles, my fat? In my twenties, the focus on my appearance shifted, but the root of where I spent my energy was the same. It was still spent on forming an image that would make other people approve of me. The one with the strongest body. The one that was peaceful and positive. The one who was a good student, the one who was a good teacher, the one who was fun and bubbly but not too loud. The one who could hold all of her emotions and was always working to get rid of her bad feelings. You have it too, don't you? The one who is a good mom. The one who is a good daughter. The one who eats the healthiest. The one who is a good person. The one who has the most money. It was the same, though. The focus was different but it was still the same. It was still: how could I make sure the people whose opinions I cared about approved of me? And yet. It turns out none of that was ever necessary. I don't do anything I do now for anyone's approval. I don't care about being seen as strong or successful or pretty or important. I also do not care if I am seen as jealous or angry or insecure or hurt or selfish or loud. Because what I have gained on this journey, finally, is the deepest love and total approval of my Self. What if you deeply, truly loved and *approved* of yourself? That is why I post my blood. It is a little to liberate other women and a lot to please my Self. I get so much pleasure from this ritual and I love feeling so free to share it and I love not caring what the reactions will be. That is how I live my whole life, now. If you want to heal in this way. If you want to learn this. SHAMELESS - my 6-week one-on-one coaching program for women is open for registration from now until November 27th. There are 3 spots available. Are you brave enough to claim yours? Message me xx
Her action is bound to create some controversy. I don't think anyone should be shamed for having a natural bodily function, but at the same time I keep my functions private. I would also never smear them on my face.
She has a point, even if I don't agree with how she's making it. What do you think?