Not to be hyperbolic, but a couple high school girls in New York have built the greatest weaponized tampon video game ever.
Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser met through Girls Who Code and created a simple Super Mario-ish game called Tampon Run, in which the game's heroine wields tampons to kill her enemies. But Tampon Run isn't just a frivolous menstruation fest. The uncomplicated game play is meant to tackle the complex real-world issue of menstrual taboos, as the Tampon Run intro explains:
The intro continues: "Although the concept of the video game may be strange, it's stranger that our society has accepted and normalized guns and violence through video games, yet we still find tampons and menstruation unspeakable. Hopefully one day menstruation will be as normal if not more so, than guns and violence have become in our society; normal enough to place in a video game without a second thought."
Though a game of Tampon Run lasts a couple minutes at most, it's surprisingly satisfying to flick two-dimensional tampons at oncoming men and watch them dissolve upon impact with the kryptonite-esque cotton.
And if this is the delightful product of two coding-savvy teenage girls teaming up, just imagine what a digital future of professional women coders would look like, all the fun that could be had and the gendered taboos and topics that could be confronted. Anyone up for a follow-up game of Birth Control Blitz?
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