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The Faces Behind August's First Campaign
Nadya Eddy (she/her)
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8.2.2021

Eliza Join (they/them/she/her)

Eliza Join is a Toulouse, France born, Pennsylvania raised, photographer currently living anf working in New York. In their work, Eliza explores the fluidity of gender and identity and strives to increase the media representation of people with historically underrepresented identities.

"My name is Eliza, I use they/them or she/her pronouns, and I am a student and an aspiring photographer. I recognize that photography is a visual medium, and therefore an important tool for representation as a pathway to fight against marginalization. By combining the learning I am doing in school with the exploration of equity in my photographic practice, I can work towards the critical goal of more diverse representation in visual media.

In terms of my period experience, I started by having very irregular and unpredictable periods for years--sometimes I would get a period multiple times in a month, and there were days that it would be up to ten days long. One time in high school, a week after I had my last period, another period snuck up on me during class and I didn't even realize. I walked around for about an hour before realizing I had bled through my pants, and had to spend the rest of that winter day in my dirty gym shorts! Shortly after, I switched to an IUD, and now I have a very light and manageable period and oftentimes no period at all.

A stigma that I have personal experience with that I'd love to break would be the idea that nonbinary trans people are not real nor valid. Gender is fluid and does not exist within a strict binary." -Eliza Join (she/her)

Iman Abdul (she/her)

Born & raised in Brooklyn, Iman is an artivist, storyteller, organizer and creative that has been dedicating her life to empowering youth across NYC. Being a product of NYC’s most intensely segregated public school system is what fuels her to demand change in her city everyday. Being an all-around human rights artivist, Imxn primarily focuses on education reform, justice for Black and Brown lives, and the independence efforts of the world's oldest colony, Puerto Rico.

"PERIODS DON'T IMPURIFY YOU! --- I would love to break the stigma around periods making you unclean or unable. As a Muslim Puerto Rican-Lebanese woman, I was personally surrounded around a lot of machisto stereotypes, especially involving periods. In Islam, a womxn on her period must not touch any words of God as she is impurified. As a womxn of faith, this is something that has never and still doesn't sit right with me. If periods are naturally occurring, why and how does that make me unclean and impure? Something to definitely talk about.

A more general societal stigma would be that NOT ALL MENSTRUATORS ARE WOMEN! It's time to cut the ignorance and start acknowledging that periods are not gender specific. Anyone can be a mesntruator so it's important to respect everyone and not hold any assumptions. Be loving and supporting to all!" - Iman Abdul (she/her)

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