One of the most powerful moments in the HBO dramedy, I May Destroy You, is when Arabella and her Italian lover, Biagio, have period sex. And not a Hollywood version of period sex, where the act is alluded to but not shown on camera. In the scene, you see Biago pull out Arabella’s tampon and even play with a clot of her menstrual blood. It’s real and raw and unlike anything we’ve ever seen on TV. Which was exactly the point. “How can something that happens once a month still cause shock and discomfort,” series creator and star Michaela Coel told The Express. “I hope that it’s normalized.”
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