What were you doing when you were 17? Prepping for your SATs? Holding down an after-school babysitting gig? Getting stoned and eating Chicken Selects from the McDonald’s drive-thru before making BS Wikipedia edits? That’s cool, I guess. Meet Andrea (Andy) Gonzales and Sophie Houser, two New York City-based 17-year-olds who made a kick-ass feminist video game.
Andy and Sophie are the brilliant minds behind Tampon Run, an online side-scroller game that lets you throw tampons at your opponents instead of shooting them. (The game, they tell me, was in part inspired by the 2013 controversy over the Texas capitol police confiscating women’s tampons and pads before entering a courtroom during an abortion hearing, out of concern that they’d throw them at the judge; guns, however, were allowed into the courtroom.)
Tampon Run is part-quirky feminist commentary, part-critique of the normalization of gun violence in video games; as the girls write in a preamble to the game, while you might find the premise of the game 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.”
Learn more about the app here.
Featured article and image via The Daily Dot.