“Sebastian The Sponge” Coloring Book Character Teaches Kids Men Can Get Periods Too

A new children’s book by the name of “Toni The Tampon” teaches children about the wonders of male menstruation, reports Mashable.

While Toni is the star of the book, it also features Marina the Menstrual Cup and Sebastian the Sponge.

“Yes, Sebastian the Sponge is a man,” reads the Mashable article. “And yes, men do get periods.”

Main character Toni is also apparently gender-ambiguous “as a form of representation for genderqueer people with periods.”

“The artist was intentional about bringing diverse gender representation to the book’s cast of characters, hoping to create something that was ‘affirming to all menstruators.'”

Artist Cass Clemmer reportedly understands that the cast of characters “makes the coloring book harder to market in a world that largely believes only women get periods.”

She – actually, let’s go with ‘it’ – says the goal is to make all menstruators feel like they’re “seen.”

You can catch pictures from Toni the Tampon via Cass’ Instagram.

One more time for the ones in the back. To any fellow GNC / trans menstruators out there: I support you. I know that we live in terrifying times, but please know that the menstrual activist community and I all stand with you and #wewillnotbackdown . I am sorry there are so many people out there who feel the need to spit their hatred out at you because you are different, who feel the need to control you because you do not fit within some arbitrary category that they have determined for you. I am sorry if it feels like there are not enough people who love you for who you are- but please know that we are here. We do exist, we do support you, and we will never stop fighting. If you ever need someone to remind you that you are loved and that you matter, I am here for you. Always, Cass & Toni #lovetrumpshate #protecttranskids #theygolowwegohigh #compassion #community #lgbt #menstrualhealth #menstruators #resist

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Needless to say, Toni the Tampon has garnered quite a bit of reaction online.


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  1. Tim Ovel

    March 15, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    So Milo, when is your period? Maybe you and I cycle at the same time!

  2. Abu Lahab

    March 15, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    It is narrated by Bukhari, that our beloved Prophet Mahound (piss be upon him) menstruated each time he got sand in his vagina. Mashallah!

  3. tz1

    March 15, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    xpost factoid
    Both men and women have colons, but only women have periods.
    Punctuation is so sexist, or transphobic, or whatever.
    It’s bad enough that the best we can do is dysfunctional facades with lots of surgery and drugs, but it appears the whole point is to deny reality.

  4. Amy Darian Clarke

    March 15, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    These fools call me a “science-denier” when I say whatever warming we might be experiencing is happening because we are in the middle of our fourth interglacial warming phase, and then turn around and deny science. It doesn’t matter how one may have mutilated one’s body to deny one’s gender, science never lies. Females menstruate. Men do not.

  5. femme_du_chats

    March 15, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    How do these people even function day to day?!

    I’m pissed they’ve ruined cat head hats (I never wore pink), and one of my favorite colors (red).

    “Trans” men will never be women, no matter how they mutilate their bodies, and they sure as hell don’t menstruate. Biology cannot be denied (well, apparently it can, if you’re an idiot, as is the “creator” of this coloring book).

    • Denileriverafter

      March 16, 2017 at 5:06 am

      Right, cause the period is the breaking down of the NATURAL lining of the NATURAL uterus . Turning a penis inside out does NOT create a NATURAL uterus, with a NATURAL lining to “slough” off. To those who went to college, that means NO BLEEDING!! And, a fake man cannot produce sperm either!!

    • Inigo Montoya

      March 16, 2017 at 11:45 am

      At least argue correctly.
      Transwomen will never be women, according to you. MtF.
      Transmen will never be men, according to you. FtM.
      FYI, FtM with no bottom surgery would most certainly be “men” who menstruate.

      I agree that biological sex is paramount, but get your shit straight before whining.

      • femme_du_chats

        March 16, 2017 at 3:25 pm

        Yup, you got me there, what with all my “whining”.
        Biology cannot be ignored; ones feelings do not override hard science. DNA does not lie, unlike our feelings and emotions.

        • Inigo Montoya

          March 16, 2017 at 5:54 pm

          Try reading what I said again.
          FtM trans”men” with no bottom surgery will experience natural periods – therefore, “men” who menstruate.

          If you don’t understand the difference between a transman and a transwoman, try to remember, they go by the gender they’re transitioning TO.

          Therefore, a transman is a biofemale who transitioned into a man. If they do not opt for reassignment surgery, they’ll still have periods while identifying as male.

          It’s not about feelings, it’s about biology. You’re whining about something you clearly don’t understand.

          Your first post said that trans”men” will never be women – my point is that they don’t WANT to be. Transmen are women who transitioned into being a MAN.
          You’re confusing it was transWOMEN – men who transitioned into being a WOMAN.

          • Richard

            March 16, 2017 at 6:52 pm

            They are not transformers, they are DECEPTICONS!

          • Inigo Montoya

            March 16, 2017 at 7:02 pm

            LOL. Thanks for the levity 🙂

          • femme_du_chats

            March 17, 2017 at 2:41 am

            Obviously, we are at loggerheads here.

            “Try reading what I said again. FtM trans”men” with no bottom surgery will experience natural periods – therefore, “men” who menstruate.”

            They are not men. They can call themselves men all they want, biologically, they are female.

            “If you don’t understand the difference between a transman and a transwoman, try to remember, they go by the gender they’re transitioning TO.

            Therefore, a transman is a biofemale who transitioned into a
            man. If they do not opt for reassignment surgery, they’ll still have periods while identifying as male.”

            I’m not confusing anything here. As I said above, they can identify all they want as male, but they are still female. I can call myself a Douglas Fir tree and glue needles to my skin, but it doesn’t make me a Doug Fir or any other kind of tree.

            “It’s not about feelings, it’s about biology.”

            No shit, Sherlock. And the biological facts are that human males and females cannot magically become the other because they take hormones, undergo surgical procedures, dress or act in a certain “masculine” or “feminine” way. DNA does not change to suit one’s feelings/emotions/thoughts, at least not to that degree (switching chromosomes outright). FTMs will continueto menstruate without a complete hysterectomy and a bilateral Salpingo-oophorectomy would likely be necessary to remove that source of female sex hormones. I’m not arguing that. What I am arguing is that
            MTFs will not ever menstruate, even with a bifurcated and inverted penis.

            “You’re whining about something you clearly don’t understand.”

            Again, how is stating biological fact “whining”? I know that transpeople refer to themselves as what or who they are transitioning to. That’s not the issue here. My putting quotes around trans (“trans” men) was to bring attention to that particular part of the phrase. Yes, they are males transitioning to females, I get that; my point is they can never be women, no matter how much they’d like to be. Nor can women transitioning to men truly be men. Logic, reason, biology … these trump feelings every time.

            Have a nice weekend. Cheers.

  6. Chris Richardson

    March 16, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Can we PLEASE deport these people to a desert island now?

  7. dsoberg

    March 16, 2017 at 3:37 am

    If men can menstruate, does that mean feminists can pee standing up? (David)

    • Thomas Marx

      March 16, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      “Toni” is German/Austrian short for “Anton” and that is 100% male.

  8. HT

    March 16, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Keep the noncriminal Mexicans and deport liberals!

  9. Matt Garner

    March 16, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I just want to know what maniac that menstruation was an acceptable subject for a children’s coloring book anyway. The batshit insanity of male menstruation is just the icing on the cake here.

    • Silvi Shameti

      March 16, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      you really can’t imagine why young people need to know about menstruation? you can’t imagine why a 9-year-old girl getting her period might want to know what’s happening to her body?

  10. kilroyjc

    March 16, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I regularly bleed, when I regularly nick myself shaving. Does that count?

  11. Inigo Montoya

    March 16, 2017 at 11:47 am

    “Men” who menstruate = transmen with no bottom surgery (FtM with natural vaginas).

    Just wanna clarify.
    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with transpeople. Be a woman, be a man, idc. NB is what bothers me – there are 2 genders. Deal.

    Normally I agree with a lot of the comments and views of the articles here, but I feel like a lot of people are thinking of transwomen when really these coloring books are for transmen.

    Ya’ll are being willfully ignorant if you really can’t understand how self-identified “men” can naturally menstruate.

  12. Thomas Marx

    March 16, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    That would destroy the old joke: “Why are women having menstruations?” Answer: “Because they deserve it”.

  13. Silvi Shameti

    March 16, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    as much as everyone likes to think so, “female” and “male” aren’t actually biological terms. there is no gender in biology – the concept of “female” and “male” is one constructed by society. it was done so that we could have a way of categorizing people and give them ways to be. because most categories are inherently limiting, not all people ascribe to the idea of “female” and “male” genders. again, GENDER is NOT biology. sex cells – whether a person is born with ovum, testicles, reproductive organs, etc. – THAT may be considered biology. do NOT confuse the two. it is therefore entirely possible and reasonable for a “male” to menstruate – and, in fact, something that should be acknowledged much more often! trans people exist – even if you haven’t ever met one. it isn’t their job to explain things to you – google is a great search tool.

    also, never EVER refer to a person as an “it.” no one deserves to be dehumanized in that way, even if you are choosing to push your rigid ideals on them.

    • noot

      March 17, 2017 at 6:02 am

      Hahaha No.
      Female and male are NOT societal constructs, they are basic observations, the term female is ALWAYS applied to those born with a vagina and the term male is ALWAYS applied to those born with a penis. Hermaphrodites are genetic mutants, possible chimeras, but by no means a normal occurrence.
      Gender most certainly is NOT a way of categorizing people simply to ‘give them a way to be’, thats just honestly a dumb thing to say. People dont just apply genders to others simply because they want them to fulfill a certain role or ‘way to be’, its the other way around, gender roles are assigned due to how the gender functions, women are often prized and privileged because they are the species reproductive bottle neck, which also explains the difference in perception between gender promiscuity, no matter what, slutty women will be seen as worse than slutty men as their reproductive function is worth significantly more.

      It sounds like you are confusing gender roles with gender, being a man means you have a penis, not that you kick ass and leer at ladies, thats just a common side effect of testosterone. If you have a vagina and kick ass and leer at ladies, you are still female, and society in the WEST has not restricted females based on gender role in a LONG TIME.

      what you fail to understand is that gender roles have no affect on what gender you are. if you want to be a male, act like what you think a male should act like and dress how you think they should dress, but you have a vagina (not the surgical mess that results from a sex op) you will not and never will be a real male.

      When literally anyone but a liberal or gender studies student talks about gender, they are talking about genetic biological gender, not the mythical made up imaginary crap your gender studies teacher told you about, so telling people that gender has nothing to do with biology is just ignorant, you fail to understand the type of gender others discuss.

      To be fair, lets discuss the made up mess that is confusing you poor liberals.
      You believe that gender is whatever an individual decides it to be.
      So its literally anything, you are right, it has NOTHING TO DO WITH BIOLOGY, in fact, your idea of gender HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GENDER EITHER.
      Fact is, you have NO DEFINITION OF GENDER.
      What exactly is a trans woman choosing to convert to when she wants to be a man? and how is it decided? if masculinity has nothing to do with the biological male gender, then what the hell are you even talking about?
      A trans woman is surgically mutilating herself to fit in with whatever she decides she should be, that is insanity, it is not healthy. Indulging someone in their insanity is cruel and immoral.

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